LUCID POSSESSION premieres at ROULETTE April 25, 26, 27, 8pm


A co-production of Issue Project Room, HERE and Roulette, premieres April 25, 26, 27, 2013 at 8pm at Roulette. Buy Tickets.

Photo: Melissa C. O’Brien

Batten down the hatches for a wild ride with robotic screens, live mix video, Todd Reynold’s live score on digital violin, Hai-Ting Chinn on vocals and sampling, songs by Elliott Sharp, with Toni Dove using real time motion sensing to control characters and animate video in real time!

It’s a crazy three dimensional video pop up book with performers playing the automated stage machine like an instrument. Technical Directors Ed Bear and Matt Tennie improvise on robotics and control an 8 channel sound system that combines improvisation and pre-recorded sound. Software design by R. Luke DuBois. Robotics by Leif Krinkle and Ed Bear. Staging co-directed by Bob McGrath. Costume design by Karen Young.

Hai-Ting Chinn stars as Bean, the main character onscreen, and performs onstage as Bean’s Avatar and the show vocalist. Bean is a designer of smart personalities. She’s created something…or somebody? That’s gone viral. And the noise, the noise is really getting to her. You’ll have to come to the show to figure out what that means. And even then…

“She Won’t Know”: Music by Elliott Sharp, lyrics by Elliott Sharp and Toni Dove, vocals by Hai-Ting Chinn.

Todd Reynolds with his amazing digital violin system “plays” the movie creating a live score. An array of samples, machines, all manner of digital noise fuse with amplified violin to create a dynamic 8 channel sound environment. Additional sound design by Medianoise.

Photo: Lynn Lane

Toni Dove on show controls and live mix video uses an innovative motion sensing software interface. She animates and inhabits characters across multiple screens using body movement, triggers lights, sound, and robotics and manages the show control system that orchestrates and synchs a complex system of cues with the live performers actions onstage.

Photo: Melissa C. O’Brien

Co-starring Bora Yoon onscreen as Theo, the best friend with a twist…

Photo: Melissa C. O’Brien

…and Andrew Schneider onscreen as Kal, the inner hardware geek you wish you had.

Photo: Melissa C. O’Brien

And of course there’s a ghost in the machine. Arathusa, a spirit from the past traveling across time in the same space on some strange electricity tapped by Bean’s paranormal programming skills. Just another day downtown in NYC and a new take on augmented reality – and this time it’s not just a floater stuck in your eye. Arathusa is played onscreen by Wendy Vierow with VO by Carolyn McCormick. Sound spatialization by Paul Geluso.

Don’t miss us at Roulette! It’s going to be a lot of fun.

Matt Tennie and Ed Bear squash some bugs to make this a more perfect experience for you.
They mean business. Come and see.