Trajectory Theatre performing with VR headsets

Trajectory Theatre are on course for their residency

| Thu 4 Oct 2018

Trajectory Theatre are gearing up for their R&D residency. We checked in with them to find out more about their exciting plans for their time in our Creation Space.

Can you tell us a bit about Trajectory Theatre?

Trajectory Theatre are interactive and intermedial digital performance makers. We collaborate online and offline, and our resulting work is made for site-specific and virtual spaces. We are interested in interpersonal connection, the future of the digital era, and the changing notions of reality. We're curious about post-human practices, and welcome audiences who are excited by the experiential.

How would you describe the work that you create?

Virtual and Augmented reality theatre. We have always looked to make theatre that has digital accompaniments, so although our work falls into the first two categories, our final product hopes to be more with the majority of attention put towards telling a story rather than creating a spectacle.

Our work is told through the interests, passions and theories of the company and the associate artists that we make each project with. We strive to collaborate with people that have varied specialities so that each piece is unique in its delivery. This is not only the story that is unique but also the way the audience is engaged, affected.

Some of the work we create may scare or shock, some may leave you with a meditative smile on your face, some may give you a sense of accomplishment and some may even find you temporary love in a virtual environment.

What will you be working on during your residency at artsdepot?

We will be developing our project Circus in a Bottle, a piece that was inspired by the celebration of the 250 years of modern circus. The first iteration was made earlier this year with support from XR Circus and the AHRC (Arts and Humanities Research Council). The show chronicles a select few real acts/performers from the vast array of circus, and will be delivered through the fictional tale of a travelling ‘Barker’ that wishes to find their sense of belonging, their home inside the grand history of the circus.

What elements of the project will you be developing while you’re here?

There are a few main elements we will be developing whilst at artsdepot, the first being the fictional story of the ‘Barker’, why he carts this Circus in a Bottle around and what compels him to find answers. Then there is the technical delivery of the non-fictional history. We have no desire to be an encyclopaedia, so we will endeavour to find the most entertaining way to make the fictional and non-fictional intertwine. Then of course there's the development of the Augmented reality stage that will house all of these elements.

What’s the most useful thing to have with you in the rehearsal space?

Everyone that is working on the project. Without them there is no sounding board, no challenging of ideas, without them there are no laughs, but most important, without other people there is no sharing of the obligatory daily packet of Jaffa Cakes.

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