DOKU by Lu Yang, The Binary World. Utzon Room

Sydney – Monday August 8, 2022. The Sydney Opera House today announced the live motion capture performance, DOKU, the binary world by a new media artist based in Shanghai Lu Yang, will have its world premiere in October. Live performances featuring dancers on stage in Sydney and Hong Kong will use motion capture technology to control otherworldly avatars interacting in a virtual world, visible in both locations. The series of co-located performances will take place from October 7 – 9 2022 at the Opera Utzon Roomand to Free space in the cultural district of West Kowloon in Hong Kong.

The high-energy audiovisual experience draws inspiration from Buddhist philosophy, club culture, video games, and anime aesthetics. Embodying the avatar forms of Lu Yang’s digitally reincarnated character, Doku – named after the Buddhist phrase “Dokusho Dokushi”, or “We are born alone, we die alone”, the dancers present binary combinations of deities from all six realms of Buddhist reincarnation: Heaven and Hell, Human and Animal, Hungry Ghosts and Asura – jealous gods.

Sydney Opera House Digital Programming Director, Stuart Buchanan said: “Lu Yang’s sprawling virtual worlds have thrilled audiences around the world, with their futuristic aesthetic and exploration of the digitization of human identities in a post-binary world. DOKU, the binary world marks the first time that Yang’s Doku identity will be co-created in two cities simultaneously, reconstructing the very meaning of “live performance” as it moves through multiple disparate realms and locations.

In Sydney, the digital performance will be achieved through motion capture by Taiga Kita-Leonga multidisciplinary artist, dancer and model, with virtual visual effects manipulated live by an audiovisual technician Dr. Sam McGilpon a soundtrack composed by a musician and sound artist from Shanghai liii.

A workshop on Saturday October 8 will take place at the Sydney Opera House linking participants from Sydney and Hong Kong. The workshop will begin with an introduction to the technology of MetaObjects at Freespace in Hong Kong, and will follow with an in-person demonstration of the technology in Sydney by the producer Mathew Spisbamotion capture operator Sam McGilp and choreographer Harrison Hallfollowed by the ability for participants to use the motion capture suits and interact with participants in Hong Kong.

Lu Yang’s work is currently featured in Ultra Unreal at the Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney and has been featured internationally, including in The Milk of Dreams exhibition at this year’s Venice Biennale.

DOKU, the binary world is co-presented by Freespace at the West Kowloon Cultural District and Sydney Opera House, and produced in partnership with MetaObjects and Exhibitionist.

EVENT DETAILS

WHAT: DOKU, the binary world
WHEN
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Performances:

  • 8 p.m., Friday, October 7, 2022
  • 5 p.m., Saturday October 8, 2022
  • 5 p.m., Sunday, October 9, 2022

Workshop:

  • 2 p.m., Saturday October 8, 2022

WHERE: Utzon Room
TICKETS: Performance: $19 + booking fee
Performance + Workshop: $29 + booking fee
ON SALE: Insiders: 9 a.m., Tuesday August 9
On the program: 9:00 a.m., Wednesday August 10
General public: 9 a.m., Friday August 12

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