Janire Najera and Matt Wright
4Pi Productions (Wales, UK) and Society of Arts and Technology (Montreal, Canada)
'Liminality Live' is a multi-sensory immersive live performance fusing contemporary dance, 360º live action cinematography and lightning with live music performed in a dome. This 35-minute live piece pushes the boundaries of storytelling within immersive spaces by utilising for the first time in the dome live captured footage, instead of only CGI elements. 'Liminality Live' presents a shared VR experience to audiences by transporting them to different locations across Wales and India. Dancers interact live with the site-specific choreography that was captured in both countries, exploring new possibilities that merge the digital with the real. Dancers Kim Noble from Wales, UK and Manas Sharma from Delhi, India, undertook an artistic residency alongside digital artists and directors of the piece, Janire Najera and Matt Wright and musicians Filastine and Nova, to create the work at Society of Arts and Technology in Montreal, Canada. The resulting 360º multimedia work was premiered on March 13 to a sold-out audience and performed 15 nights at the Satosphere as part of FIFA (International Festival of Films on Art). 'Liminality' began as part of the UK-India Year of culture with support from British Council Wales and Wales Arts International as an immersive film. Directors and choreographers have been working together for over a year capturing dance sequences in Wales and India alongside three Indian dancers to reflect upon the influences of both cultures on each other.