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Chekhov, Robots, and Holograms | HowlRound Theatre Commons

Arlekin Gamers Theatre | (zero-G) Digital Theater Lab’s The Orchard /an public sale/ is the most recent manufacturing from Igor Golyak, Arlekin Gamers, and (zero-G) Digital Theater Lab. It’s hybrid with two totally different productions: stay in-person and stay and interactive on-line concurrently.

The Orchard /an public sale/, a brand new adaptation of The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, options Jessica Hecht and Mikhail Baryshnikov in addition to an enormous robotic, quadruped robotic canine, hologauze and projections, video results, Hen-Canine PTZ cameras, a stay on-line “public sale,” and a streamed-in-real-time interactive on-line expertise which could be accessed from wherever on the earth.

Be a part of Igor Golyak and his group of collaborators for a dialog about experimentation; uncommon functions of rising applied sciences; what they’re studying about viewers habits and interactivity; and dealing with companions throughout cultures, platforms, and artwork kinds to create stay, in-person, hybrid, and digital theatre. This dialog livestreams on the commons-based, peer produced HowlRound TV community on Saturday 12 November 2022 at 12:45 p.m. PST (San Francisco, UTC -8) / 2:45 p.m. CST (Austin, UTC -6) / 3:45 p.m. EST (Boston, UTC -5) / 20:45 GMT (London, UTC -0) / 21:45 CET (Berlin, UTC +1).


  • The dialog shall be moderated by Nick Sexauer, steward of moonshots and agent of chaotic good at X: The Moonshot Manufacturing facility, GoogleX.
  • Tom Abernathy, narrative designer
  • Eric Dunlap, digital camera, results, and streaming designer
  • Eamon Drew, co-founder and CMO of BirdDog
  • Igor Golyak, inventive director, Arlekin Gamers and (zero-G) Lab
  • Adam Paikowsky, dotdotdash.io
  • Magda Romanska, Principal Researched, metaLAB (at) Harvard and futureStage Mission

Panelist Bios

Nick Sexauer is a program supervisor within the early pipeline at X: The Moonshot Manufacturing facility, the group behind self-driving automobiles, self-flying supply autos, power kites, and web from balloons. He has made a profession of harnessing chaos and creating order which he at the moment does on one of many early pipeline groups at X, stewarding new moonshots into existence. Previous to X, Nick spent twelve years working within the leisure business doing manufacturing administration on function movies for Paramount Photos earlier than touchdown in visible results administration at Lucasfilm engaged on the Star Wars franchise. He holds a BS in movie and tv manufacturing and minors in physics and philosophy from the Newhouse Faculty of Public Communications at Syracuse College. He has a deep ardour for fostering play within the office, storytelling, and preserving artistic modern pondering a day by day follow.

Tom Abernathy is an award-winning author, interactive narrative designer/director, filmmaker, theatre director, musician, and recovering little one actor. Arlekin audiences know him as the author of the interactive script within the New York Instances Critics’ Choose chekhovOS/ an experimental sport. Highlights of his trailblazing, twenty-five-year profession conceiving and defining interactive storytelling embrace Guild Wars 2 (ArenaNet/NCSoft), The Division (Huge/Ubisoft), League of Legends (Riot), Halo: Attain (Bungie/Microsoft), The Saboteur (Pandemic/EA), and Destroy All People! (Pandemic/THQ)—the primary online game ever to be lined within the New York Instances particularly for its writing and sociopolitical satire. Movie writing credit embrace Unhealthy Nation (Sony Photos) starring Matt Dillon and Willem Dafoe. A graduate of Oberlin Faculty and the College of Southern California’s Faculty of Cinematic Arts, Tom additionally sits on the advisory board of the Recreation Narrative Summit on the Recreation Builders Convention (GDC), the interactive’s largest annual business gathering. Born and raised in Atlanta, he now lives in Seattle along with his spouse and daughter.

Eric Dunlap has created video designs for dance and theatre, interactive video installations for museums, and stay combine video performances for concert events and particular occasions. A former dancer, choreographer, and producer from New York, he at the moment lives in Berlin the place he pursues his work as a video artist. A thirty-year veteran of the performing arts, he spent his early life as a precept dancer with the Alwin Nikolais/Murray Louis Dance Firm, and has danced with numerous fashionable dance and opera firms. He was co-founder and government director of Ahead Movement Theater from 1995–2012. Pursuing a mission to discover motion and know-how, the corporate created works combining bodily efficiency and digital media, produced VJs and audiovisual artists, and curated collaborations in multi-media efficiency. Since shifting to Berlin in 2011, he works as a video designer and technician and continues to construct works combining dance and video. Two of his new video artwork works have been acquired by the Leo Kuelbs Assortment as part of their “Digital Fairytales” sequence, and he was not too long ago awarded a analysis grant to discover dance and interactivity as part of Berlin’s Neustart Kultur Fund. Latest video designs embrace the world premiere of “Die Machine Steht Nicht Nonetheless” with Caroline Peters and “LEDWALD,” produced by the Wiener Festwochen (Vienna), and “Sich waffnend gegen eine See von Plagen” produced by the Schaubühne in Berlin.

Igor Golyak is the founder and producing inventive director of Arlekin Gamers Theatre and Zero Gravity (zero-G) Digital Theater Lab. A worldwide chief within the digital theatre motion, he directed WITNESS, chekhovOS /an experimental sport/, and State vs. Natasha Banina throughout the pandemic, which turned worldwide digital theatre sensations, receiving a number of New York Instances Critic’s Picks. His work has obtained quite a few Elliot Norton Awards for The Seagull, The Stone, and Useless Man’s Diary, together with a Finest Director Award, This Week In New York Pandemic Awards (WITNESS and chekhovOS), and Broadway World’s Finest Director of a Streamed Manufacturing Award (chekhovOS). He directed a critically acclaimed The Service provider of Venice for Actors’ Shakespeare Mission; productions at Northeastern College and Boston Conservatory at Berklee; and has taught at Boston Conservatory, Boston College, Harvard College, Lesley Faculty, Wellesley Faculty, New England Theater Convention, the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts/Middlesex College, Moscow Specialised Institute for the Arts, and the ARBOS Theatre Pageant. Golyak is from Ukraine and leads Arlekin, an organization of immigrants which has carried out everywhere in the world, together with festivals in Ukraine, Yerevan, Armenia, New York Metropolis, Chicago, Lviv, Monaco, the USA, Canada, and the UK, in addition to the Moscow Artwork Theatre.

Adam Paikowsky, is an engineer and artist having labored on numerous business and cultural tasks over the previous decade. At the moment he leads the artistic know-how follow on the innovation company dotdotdash. He usually works on tasks that sit on the intersection of software program improvement, {hardware} engineering, digital fabrication, and architectural and interplay design. He makes use of digital instruments to create for and lengthen the bodily world. With a background in high-quality arts and know-how, he brings a novel perspective to the group. Leveraging a deep data within the improvement and integration of A/V media methods and specializing in lighting, media playback, sensor management and kinetic motion he has labored for purchasers such because the Empire State Constructing, Huge Assault, Nicolas Jaar, the North Face, Prada, Microsoft, and Cartier.

Magda Romanska is a professor of theatre at Emerson Faculty in Boston, MA, and principal at metaLAB at Harvard. She can be the chair of the Transmedia Arts seminar at Harvard College’s Mahindra Humanities Middle, the place she curates a sequence of lectures on transmedia arts. She serves on the advisory board of DigitalTheatre+ and is a member of Leonardo, the worldwide society for the humanities, sciences, and know-how. At Harvard, she can be a analysis affiliate on the Middle for European Research and on the Davis Middle for Russian and Eurasian Research. She is the founder, government director, and editor-in-chief of TheTheatreTimes.com, the most important international digital theatre portal. On this position, she leads a group of over 150 regional managing editors worldwide, overlaying theatre in over 90 nations and areas. The Theatre Instances launched Performap.org, an interactive digital map of theatre festivals, funded by the Yale Digital Humanities Lab and an LMDA Innovation Grant; and the Worldwide On-line Theatre Pageant (IOTF), a yearly streaming international theatre competition, which thus far has reached over 1,000,000 members. In 2021, the IOTF gained a second-place Tradition On-line Worldwide Award for Finest On-line Mission, chosen amongst 452 tasks from 20 nations.



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