In the Land of Babari-An

Tamiko Thiel
Source: Tamiko Thiel

Tamiko Thiel

In the Land of Babari-An , ongoing
Co-workers & Funding
Concept, artistic director, producer, 3D stage set: Tamiko Thiel;
Choreography and dance: Shinichi Iova-Koga, Ishide Takuya;
Lighting Design: Rainer Ludwig. Funded by the City of Munich Young Art/New Media Award (curators Bettina Wagner-Bergelt and Dr. Stephan Urbaschek) and DANCE2006.
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Live dance performance with realtime interactive 3D virtual world as stage set. The dance performance "In the Land of Babari-an" is an inner journey in which the dancers, Shinichi Iova-Koga and Ishide Takuya, incorporate their own East/West experiences with the fantastic stage set of "The Travels of Mariko Horo," driven in realtime by Tamiko Thiel as the third partner in an improvisatory dance. The dancers derive inspiration both from Japanese mythology (Urashimataro, Musume Dojoji) and from Dante’s Divine Comedy. They are not however the wise Poet Virgil and naïve Pilgrim Dante, but rather two bumbling tourists who stumble – sometimes in harmony, sometimes in brutal conflict – between Heaven and Hell, between jewelled underwater palaces and the ruins of a post-apocalyptic Venice.
  • aesthetics
    • real-time
  • genres
    • installations
      • virtual reality (VR)
    • performance art
  • subjects
    • Body and Psychology
      • gesture
      • movement
    • Religion and Mythology
      • myths
    • Society and Culture
      • interculturalism
  • technology
    • displays
      • electronic displays
        • projection screens
    • software
      • Virtual Reality Markup Language (VRML)
Technology & Material
6m wide by 3m high rear projection screen
Windows XP or 7 PC to drive the 3d virtual world; rear projector (4000 ANSI lumens minimum), joystick for offstage performer steering through the virtual world in realtime; various other projectors projecting recorded sequences on front of stage, theater lighting.
Installation Requirements / Space
7m deep stage behind a 6m wide proscenium arch, 7m stage in front of the arch.
Bitmanagement Software 3D VRML browser