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The Hidden Formula

In a live-transmitted event, two performances in Zurich and Hong Kong are united and can be seen simultaneously in both cities. The movements of the dancers are tracked by motion capture technology and transformed into live visuals. At the same time, the recorded motion data is sent across the globe, where it is used to establish a dialogue of the performers, separated by 9'000 kilometers and 6 hours of time difference.

With reference to Plato's Allegory of the Cave, the performance of the Zurich University of the Arts explores mechanisms of restriction as well as the human willpower to break free. The performance of the theatre group Zuni Icosahedron, which will be simultaneously staged at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, refers to the 16th century Chinese novel «A Journey to the West» and embraces comparable elements of imprisonment and liberation.

«TwinLab» is a cooperation of the Immersive Arts Space of the Zurich University of the Arts with institutions in Hong Kong. Having the same infrastructure at both locations, the cooperation is primarily based on data exchange. It is used for simultaneous live productions and experiments.

For data transmission, the «TwinLab project» relies on findings and on technological developments of the SNSF research project «Telematic Performance» of the Institute for Computer Music and Sound Technology ICST.

October 25th, 2018
10:30 am to 11:00 am
11:30 am to 12:00 am
12:30 pm to 1:00 pm

Concert hall 7.K05 (Level 7)


Team ZHdK

Sophie Bertschy
Alex Ferro
Cary Shiu

Denise Lampart

Visual Artist:
Tobias Gremmler

Thierry Le Mai

Chief Technician:
Martin Fröhlich

Project Lead:
Christian Iseli

Hong Kong Crew

Chang Yu-chau
Rady Nget

Artistic Directors:
Danny Yung
Mathias Woo

Digital Artist:
Dan Fong
Benny Woo

Lighting Design:
Mak Kwok Fai

Steve Hui

Project Lead:
WyWong yuewai
Cedric Chan


The Hidden Formula
© Martin Fröhlich. ZHdK, 2018.
© Martin Fröhlich. ZHdK, 2018.