“Trisolde” is a symbiotic dance performance inspired by R.Wagner´s opera “Tristan and Isolde”. It is about vibrant relationships between man and woman, confrontational feelings and passion. This work combines interactive technology, audiovisual images and contemporary choreography. Dancers are partly controlling the music via body movements and some voluntarily selected audience members will influence the real-time sound with their psychophysiological reactions via sensors. This work brings together many exciting fields of art and research from computational creativity to physiological computing: to use the audience's reactions to module the sound orchestra is new way of doing "participatory theatre". Interactive technology support for „Trisolde“ comes from TLU DTI Associate Professor in physiological computing Aleksnder Väljamäe and Senior Research Fellow Ilkka Kosunen.
“Tristan and Isolde” is widely considered both as one of the greatest operas of all time as well as beginning of modernism in music, introducing techniques such as chromaticism dissonance and even atonality. It has sometimes been described as a “symphony with words”; the opera lacks major stage action, large choruses or wide range of characters. Most of the “action” of the opera happens inside of the heads of Tristan and Isolde. This provides amazing possibilities for creating a biocybernetic system for the dance performance: in this case, Tristan and Isolde will communicate both explicitly (through movement of the dancers) but also implicitly via the measured psychophysiological signals.
Dancers: Tiina Ollesk, Simo Kruusement
Choreographer-director: Renee Nõmmik
Composers for interactive audio media: Giovanni Albini, Hans-Gunter Lock
Video interaction: Valentin Siltsenko
Lights: Ants Kurist
NB! Adjustable for different performing formats.
This performance is supported by: The Cultural Endowment of Estonia and Tallinn University.
Duration: 40 min.
Premiered: March 4th, 2019