Lovushke - Virtual Reality Theatre

Lovushke is a study of virtual reality in live theatrical performance, created as part of  my thesis studies at Carnegie Mellon University. Using an Oculus Rift, we immersed one audience member into archetypal memories, as two performers acted out the conflict between the mind and body at the end of a person's life. There were also two other audience tracks. One track was on stage performing memories in front of a green screen, which was then live infused into the virtual reality memory. The last group of audience members were simply spectators outside of the stage area, watching us create the entire virtual reality "machine."

 

 

 

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Created by: Kevan Loney and Almeda Beynon

Sound Designer: Almeda Beynon

Media Designer: Kevan Loney

Performers: Amanda Jerry and Keith Kelly

Costume Designer: Julianne D'Errico

Dramaturgy: Vanessa Frank

Narrative Advisor: Amy Gijsbers van Wijk

Process

This is from the first technical workshop we held for Lovushke in January 2016. It has a lot of the initial ideas for the production, but is still based on a script. Over the course of the next few months, we decided to work more organically, building the story in rehearsal out of the movements and relationships of the actors to the virtual reality (VR) environments. There are some early mock-ups of the VR environments in this clip, as well as audio experimentation and initial music composition.