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Austrian artist mixes media technology with live performance

Austrian artist Klaus Obermaier will join the Ars Electronica Futurelab (Austria) to stage the world premiere of its new production "Apparition II" in Hong Kong next month. Obermaier is a world leader in cross-media art and electronic music.

An integration of live performance, sound, projection and an interactive system comprising real-time image generation and computer vision, "Apparition II" will be held at 8pm, September 16 and 17 (Saturday and Sunday) at the Auditorium, Kwai Tsing Theatre.

"Apparition II" is a development based on "Apparition", which was created and co-produced by the Singapore Arts Festival, Ars Electronica Centre of Linz and the South Bank Centre of London in 2004. It won great acclaim at the arts festivals in Singapore, Austria, Germany and France.

Obermaier began with the production of "D.A.V.E." (2000) (Digital Amplified Video Engine), a solo dance theatre work, using a unique approach to moving body projections that fused body and image into a consistent narrative. Following the success of "D.A.V.E." (having performed more than 80 shows in 18 countries), Obermaier embarked on the creation of another media and dance performance work, "Vivisector" (2002). Neither of these works used interactive technologies, but relied on a creative and precise combination of set choreography, staging and recorded video.

Obermaier decided to develop the aesthetics of body projection further by making a piece that would use interactive technologies to release the performer from the set choreography and use digital media performance software to generate the video and sound content in real time. Discussions with engineers and designers at the Ars Electronica Futurelab about building the interactive and real-time generation system, and involvement in the organisation of the DAMPF_lab (Dance and Media Performance Fusions - a European joint performing arts/technologies research project) stimulated the initiation of "Apparition".

"Apparition II" is presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department.

Tickets priced at $180, $140 and $100 are available at URBTIX outlets, while senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance recipients can have 50% off (limited quotas for students and CSSA recipients on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount applies to Friends of LCSD performing venues. There will be a maximum of 20% off for a group booking discount. Please see the programme leaflets for details.

For programme enquiries and details of the post-performance talk (conducted in English) - call 2268 7323 or visit . Ticketing enquiries and reservations can be made on 2734 9009 and credit card telephone bookings on 2111 5999. Tickets can also be booked online at .

Ends/Tuesday, August 15, 2006

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