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Kafka's Attic

Kafka's Attic: A Digital Media Dance-Theatre Performance.

Outline of design concepts:

The interactive stage designs are kinetic, abstract expressions of themes and emotions considered by Kafka in his novel. Not only do they evoke the stage setting in which his characters play out their discourse, but so too do they objectify the imaginative mind, the irrational mindscape that doesn’t always reconcile with the tangible, rational world the we live in. We use a ‘responsive environment’ paradigm to evoke these internal paradoxes—the struggle between urge and desire—thus bringing them out in a tangible form on the stage.

Using the latest in motion tracking software Neill uses video projectors as a light source to reveal dancers rather than to show images concurrently with them. The result is a sense that emotions and life-force are emanating from the body; the technology enables the audience to see into the character’s imagination, to experience the affect that the dancer is having on the space around her/him and the way space and environment affects the dancer. This symbiotic system presents semi-autonomous haptic architectures: light that has a direct relationship to the body but also has various other computations that give it behavioural forms, that give it its own independent sense of the movement, its coming to life, its own death; organic, unwieldy environments.

Mirage Trailer from Neill O'Dwyer on Vimeo.


A note from the sound designer:

In "The Trial," Kafka emphasizes the power of the irrational by showing the inability of reason to plumb the depths of the soul. He regards reality as a barrage of disruptions, as invariably found in tenements and hotel rooms, where there seems to be constant activity penetrating into one’s personal realm. His character “K.” craves quiet, the quiet of a cemetery. The sound design will reflect Kafka’s masochistic pleasure between torment and calm. In this work the sound design will play with the delicate relationship between tension and texture. It will focus on the alternating energy between rhythmic and melodic aspects, as it slowly builds up into greater sound masses, sometimes dissipating into silence. The sonic experience will creatively weave between primal percussive metallic sounds and their rich overtones extracted and transformed, and further morphed with drones and low strings and pipes, generating an other-wordly atmosphere, sometimes dark sometimes angelic, reflecting the atmosphere in Kafka’s Attic.


Writer, Director & Producer: Neill O’Dwyer
Choreographer & Dancer: Monika Bieniek
Digital Media Programming, Lighting & Projection: Colin O’Sullivan
Sound Designer and Co-producer: Aidan Boyle
Venue & facilities: Rua Red Arts Centre


Artists Name: 
Tina Tarpgaard

Choreography: Tina Tarpgaard (recoil)
Video artist: Ole Kristensen and Jonas Jongejan
Music: Jens Hørsving
Costumes: Charlotte Østergaard
Light Design: Andreas Buhl

Produced by Danish Dance Theatre
Thanks to: Emma- Cecillia Ajanki, Frieder Weiss, Matias Seibæk and Andreas Olsen, Anders Jørgensen, Illutron


Embodiment & Architecture IV: Tech Setup

Kee Klamp projector shelf and mirror rig

The choreography and narrative necessitate the dancer performs floor movement. Therefore we need to achieve a vertical projection. Most short throw projectors cannot be turned through 90 degrees because they use mirrors to achieve the “short throw” and therefore must sit flat on a desk/counter.

We therefore decided to use a mirror to achieve the vertical projection. When using a mirror in any stage production you must comply with Health and Safety standards. I designed the rig with a two-tiered functionality:


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