The Waldorf Project : Chapter Three / FUTURO is an immersive art experience combining gastronomy, sound art, design, architecture, choreography and theatre. Staged under the concept of the Japanese emotion ‘AMAE’, meaning ‘a temporary surrender in perfect safety’, 7 ‘courses’ will be interwoven with radical immersive theatre, all carefully crafted and choreographed to test your responses and manipulate your emotions as you go on a trip like nothing you will ever have experienced before and ‘arrive reborn’ at the end!
Testing responses and emotions, imposing feelings of tension, discomfort, fear, intrigue and bliss, the Waldorf Project, directed by Sean Rogg takes the art of gastronomy and places it among environment design, product design, sound design, choreography, costume and textile design. It is through this incomparable synergy and imagination that such a singular collected sensory reaction, or ‘sixth sense’ of emotion, can be orchestrated.
FUTURO will explore a grand experiment. The final part of the performance will have the 48 guests consume energy and share emotional nourishment. Aided by the soundscapes, environment and the costumes (created with bespoke engineered textiles that emit lightscapes not only in sync with the lighting of the physical architecture, but – incredibly – in sync with the movements and proximity of audience participants). The costumes, created using light fibres and sensors, will actually be able to “feel” the behaviour of surrounding guests and react accordingly. FUTURO will nourish the soul with emotion, rather than feed the belly with gastronomy.
BUT, in order for the anyone to be open and accepting of such a grand experiment, they must first be cleansed of the outside world. This is the function of the 2 hour dystopic journey that precedes this final moment of communion. A dystopic journey that is experienced in almost complete darkness – and ALONE.
10 – 20th November 2016
7-10pm at London Olympic Park