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Sydney – Wednesday 7 July, 2021. The Sydney Opera House today released the inaugural Outlines season of digital works showcasing boundary-pushing artists and technologists, presented free and exclusively on Stream, the Opera House’s online streaming platform for world-class performing and digital arts.

Outlines features four digital works from around the world, including two original Sydney Opera House commissions by Soft Centre x Serwah Attafuah and Omelia, and works from the Royal Shakespeare Company and Korea National Contemporary Dance Company. The Outlines season includes:

Apotheosis: a real-time motion-capture performance by 3D artist Serwah Attafuah and Soft Centre that ushers audiences through a hallucinogenic dreamscape populated by demons and abandoned Western Sydney landmarks;

R+J RMX: a group of performers and dancers – with the help of an audience and Omelia storytelling technology –  take Shakespeare’s well-loved play and generate new story possibilities, in real time; 

Dream: theatre, music and technology combine within the virtual world of a midsummer forest in a real-time motion-capture performance that uses innovative gaming and motion-capture technology from the Royal Shakespeare Company; and                                                                       

Beyond Black: the Korea National Contemporary Dance Company challenges the fundamental elements of the creative process, by employing Artificial Intelligence to choreograph a new work.

Stream is a virtual front row seat at the Opera House from anywhere in the world, designed to showcase world-class performing and digital arts. The program features highlights from the Opera House’s incredible multi-genre archive, livestreams of new performances, presentations by resident and international performing arts companies, and original digital content created exclusively for the platform. Over 50 hours of programming across more than 100 performances and events are now available to watch on-demand, with new content announced monthly. A subscription to Stream is free, with exclusive access to ticketed performances and events available to rent.

Outlines is a digital season of works that showcases boundary-pushing artists and technologists who are rethinking the future of performance. Designed to connect physical and digital worlds, Outlines features artists embracing and disrupting digital platforms and technology to deliver new forms of live performance.

Sydney Opera House Head of Digital Programming, Stuart Buchanan 

“A 3D animated world is populated by the avatar of a live dancer in Apotheosis; Shakespeare is remixed by storytelling software in R+J RMX; actors interact with the magical world of a virtual midsummer forest in Dream; and Korea’s first AI choreography program creates elaborate movement sequences in Beyond Black.”

Sydney Opera House Head of Digital Programming, Stuart Buchanan 

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