Eight

description

Eight is a mixed reality project by the composer and director Michel van der Aa featuring singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke; it is a unique, groundbreaking fusion of musical theatre, Virtual Reality (VR) and visual art.
It tells a woman’s life story in reverse chronology: visitors meet a woman of about 70-years-old, then the 35-year-old version of her and finally an eight-year-old girl. Visitors literally and figuratively follow the woman in a mixed reality world, interacting with the woman and the installation itself.

The elderly woman takes the visitor on her journey back in time, leaving traces of her body and memories behind. The walls display them as hieroglyphics and show their shapes to the

visitors. Touching a shape releases the associated memory. The traces indicate a path which can be followed.

The journey leads visitors to a forest with the younger woman accompanying them with her singing on the route between the trees. Once a glade in the dark forest has been reached, a cappella voices can be heard and the silhouettes of choir singers become visible. The trail eventually leads visitors under a table where the eight-year-old girl is; she softly sings to the visitor. The journey ends in a black space where pulsating walls display memories and human images until the music fades away.

eight still

Eight is commissioned by Holland Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, and Beijing Festival.

With support of Fonds Podiumkunsten, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Gieskes-Strijbis fonds and doubleA Foundation.

Eight is not recommended for individuals with claustrophobia, heart conditions, back conditions, a history of seizures, epilepsy, and/or sensitivity to flashing lights. It is not recommended for visitors under the age of 12.

eight visitor

Cast
Kate Miller-Heidke – mezzo-soprano/actress
Livia Kolk – soprano/actress
Vakil Eelman – actress
Nederlands Kamerkoor, cond. Boudewijn Jansen

Team
Composer/director/script – Michel van der Aa
Design installation and set VR – Theun Mosk
VR creation & production -Virtual Dutch Men
Dramaturges – Madelon Kooijman, Niels Nuijten
Music producer – Thijs de Vlieger
Costume/Styling – Esmee Thomassen

Production Manager – Ellen van Bunnik (’n More)
Technical director – Siemen van der Werf
Financial director – Rosita Wouda (doubleA foundation)

instrumentation

Virtual reality installation
2018

mezzo-soprano
soprano (child)
actress
Choir (4.4.4.4)

Soundtrack, 360 surround
Virtual Reality

details

Duration 15'
Commissioned by Holland Festival, Festival d’Aix-en-Provence, KunstFestSpiele Herrenhausen, Beijing Festival. With support of Fonds Podiumkunsten, Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Gieskes-Strijbis fonds
Published by doubleA foundation

performances

Upcoming performances:

  • 01 July 2019
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor
    Festival Aix-en-Provence in partnership with Château La Coste. Runs from 1-30 July.
    Château La Coste, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
  • 08 July 2019
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor
    Festival Aix-en-Provence in partnership with Château La Coste. Runs from 1-30 July.
    Château La Coste, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France
  • 15 July 2019
    Virtual Reality installation. Kate Miller-Heidke, Nederlands Kamerkoor
    Festival Aix-en-Provence in partnership with Château La Coste. Runs from 1-30 July.
    Château La Coste, 13610 Le Puy-Sainte-Réparade, France