Wednesday, 30 August 2017 13:31

VR: Red Bull Music Academy and Samsung present VIA ALICE

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The worldwide premiere of VIA ALICE, a uniquely Australian journey through virtual reality and live performance via New York to the Aussie Outback and Aboriginal Culture, is on at Carriageworks, from 31 August to 3 September.

The opening night of the “Red Bull Music Academy Weekender” will feature VIA ALICE, a “cross-cultural collaboration between American rapper and producer Khalif Diouf (Le1f) and indigenous Australian dancer and choreographer Waangenga Blanco".

Collaborating with Pete Keen, multidisciplinary artist, creative director and founder of Melbourne’s Sugar Mountain festival; and Daniel Stricker, head of Siberia Records, a producer, and founding member of Australian luminaries Midnight Juggernauts, “VIA ALICE follows Khalif and Waangenga Blanco on an immersive and unique journey from New York City into the vast Australian outback and into Aboriginal culture".

Through its virtual reality technology, Samsung says it has “enabled these two creatives to make a connection between traditional and modern storytelling, and explore these techniques with the element of dance".

In conjunction with producers Daniel Stricker (Midnight Juggernauts, Mind Gamers, Kirin J Callinan), and John Kirby (Mind Gamers, Blood Orange, Sebastian Tellier), Khalif and Waangenga will “simultaneously collaborate with Indigenous communities in urban and regional centres on an original music composition to accompany this progressive visual journey".

We’re told the artistic collaboration is “informed via diverse performance backgrounds and passed down knowledge from community elders” and “takes viewers on a unique journey into Aboriginal culture. Through artistic collaboration, the meeting points between storytelling and dance — otherwise known within these communities as ‘songlines’ — is told".

Taking place at Carriageworks, this exclusive performance will “run across four evenings, accompanied by a free virtual reality experience enabled by Samsung Gear VR, open to the public for the festival’s duration".

Multiple sessions occurring daily, 31 August to 3 September 3 // Carriageworks Track 3, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, Sydney // Free entry to VR film only session or $35 to VR & live performance.

More info at the Facebook event page here, ticket links are below:

31 August
VR Exhibition (Free)
VR + Performance 

1 September
VR Exhibition (Free)
VR + Performance 

2 September
VR Exhibition (Free) 
VR + Performance 

3 September
VR Exhibition (Free)
VR + Performance

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