BATS Theatre, The Lumen Bar, 1 Kent Tce, Wellington

26/02/2021 - 06/03/2021

NZ Fringe Festival 2021

Production Details

Best of Fringe 2017 winner Dark Matter returns as a VR experience!

This VR was created as part of the NZ Exhibit at the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.
Experience the lighting installation from the viewpoint of the performer.

Beautiful soundtrack by Jeremy Mayall
Filmed by Ed Davis
Lighting by Marty Roberts.

Experience takes 5mins.

BATS Theatre, The Lumen Bar
26 February – 6 March 2021
From 6pm to 8pm
Sunday from 5pm to 7pm

VR-Virtual Reality , Theatre ,

5 mins

Evokes wonder, inspiration and conversation

Review by Melissa Bee 27th Feb 2021

Dark Matter VR, a visionary piece of theatre from afterburner, returns to the Fringe this year after winning 2017 Best in Fringe [see review by Sam Trubridge].

Dark Matter VR connects us to theatre and each other in new and innovative ways. Its inclusion in the Fringe is more important than ever, as artists from Aotearoa and beyond are forced to find alternatives to traditional theatre. The piece allows theatregoers to connect with art and each other in a time where physical and social isolation is the new normal.

Your experience is heightened through 180 degree virtual reality headsets, at times making the viewer question whether they are watching a show or are part of the show itself. The masterful lighting from Martyn Roberts and the ethereal movements of Katherine Kennedy evoke calm, confusion, fear and wonder within five minutes.

If you can, use the headset with Madaleine Trigg’s felt art, to increase the feeling of participation in the piece.

afterburner’s work evokes wonder, inspiration and conversation. Instead of applause, the viewers just say ‘wow’, and a cascade of conversation follows. The combination of awe and interaction is a true testament to the power of the Dark Matter VR experience. 


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