“Death and the Powers” Global Simulcast details revealed

From Press Release:

The Dallas Opera launches an unparalleled new initiative combining opera and technology with the first-ever global interactive simulcast of an opera. Death and the Powers, written by acclaimed American composer, inventor and professor at the MIT Media Lab, Tod Machover, receives its Dallas Opera premiere performances in the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House at the AT&T Performing Arts Center on February 12, 14, 15 and 16. On Sunday, February 16th at 2:00 pm Central Time, the opera will be simulcast to ten locations in the U.S. and abroad…

On February 16, 2014, audience members participating remotely across ten worldwide locations will be able to take advantage of live, enhanced streaming and dedicated onsite interactive moments made accessible via a specially designed, downloadable app created by the MIT Media Lab. During strategically choreographed segments throughout the opera, remote audiences will have an opportunity to participate in the live performance at The Dallas Opera, as well as to virtually experience Simon Powers’ life in The System through site specific audio, video and multimedia content. Images from Simon’s memory, news headlines, stock trading data and other matters that occupy his mind will be flashed onto mobile devices either concurrently or in waves reaching certain devices at varying times. Additionally, as many as ten HD cameras placed throughout the set and upon various electronic props will provide a “robot’s eye-view” of the opera as well as a view of the multiple layers of information Simon Powers might be seeing or thinking from within The System.  Some remote viewers receive a physical, pulsating buzz on their device while others experience a touch-sensitive glowing light resembling an element in the plot. The added media content will provide remote audiences with a unique perspective of the opera and bring the sounds and sights in Dallas – literally – “within reach” providing an innovative, intriguing complement to the live experience taking place on stage.

Another unique embellishment involves “The Moody Foundation Chandelier” – a computer-controlled, transformable, LED-enhanced chandelier which is a central architectural and design element of the Winspear Opera House. Using the mobile app created for the Death and the Powers simulcast, remote audience members can affect The Moody Foundation Chandelier’s illumination, shape and motion in real time during significant moments in the opera by sending commands through their mobile devices. The audience seated in the Dallas opera house will feel the presence of others watching the opera around the world as they witness the chandelier’s dramatic changes…

To actively participate in this interactive simulcast, audience members at each site will download the specially created app – entitled Powers Live – which has been designed to work on any smartphone or tablet supporting Apple iOS 6 and 7 and Android 4.0 and higher. Available through the Apple iOS App Store and Google Play, Powers Live was designed and implemented at the MIT Media Lab by graduate students Peter Torpey and Ben Bloomberg, under Tod Machover’s direction. Powers Live will be available for download beginningFebruary 1, 2014.

Read the full release here.

SIMULCAST LOCATIONS & VENUES

New York, NY: National Opera Center at Opera America
New York, NY: Brooklyn Academy of Music, BAMcinématek
San Francisco, CA: San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Los Angeles, CA: The Industry at The Hammer Museum (tickets)
Silicon Valley, CA: Stanford University, Bing Concert Hall (tickets)
Philadelphia, PA: Opera Philadelphia at The Franklin Institute
Cambridge, MA: MIT Media Lab
Dallas, TX: Perot Museum of Nature and Science
London: Royal Academy of Music (tickets)
Stockholm: University College of Opera and Royal Institute of Technology
Paris: Le Laboratoire (awaiting finalization)

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