Performing Sensory Immersion

“How can we use multi-sensory performance to extend the experience of listening?"

A special interactive performance that created sensory experiences depicting how people with sight and hearing loss perceive the world took place at the Arcola Theatre in London on Friday 1 August 2014.

During July 2014, something very special happened in a quiet street in Archway, London - a collective of artists worked together in a practice-led enquiry into multi-sensory performance at the Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing.

Multi-sensory performance is a unique and largely unexplored form. Bringing together theatre, movement, dance, music and film artists alongside fragrance specialists, synesthetes, chefs, mixologists, sound poets, psychologists and set-designers, in laboratory-style investigations, we have been working in new ways, in new and fresh contexts, with new audiences and artists. 

Performing Sensory Immersion is an immersive sensory installation where the unheard parts of music can be shared through intimate audience exchanges in a disability-led, inclusive performance space.

With support from Arts Council England, and in partnership with The Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing and the Arcola Theatre, we brought the findings of our exploratory workshops to an audience on 1 August 2014. 

“How can we use multi-sensory performance to extend the experience of listening?" - read more about Performing Sensory Immersion
What does burnt orange feel like? - Sense Ambassador Relations Manager Kate Timperley on her visit to the rehearsals

BitterSuite, Academy of the Science of Acting and Directing, Arcola Theatre and Arts Council England logos

Thanks to feonic and JHS for equipment loan

Feonic and JHS logos

 

First published: Thursday 24 July 2014
Updated: Tuesday 1 December 2015