Nikola is a five-hour experience where opera encounters techno. Vocal scenes emerge from within the audience, alternating with DJ sets for the 4DSOUND system, creating a completely new immersive environment that transcends the border between the club and theatrical space.
The inventor Nikola Tesla (1856-1943) was visionary of a world that possesses absolute communication. A world without borders between here or there, then or now - everybody is in contact. In this opera we experience being inside of Nikola Tesla's head, - lost in a world of sounds, voices and information.
Nikola is a location piece, where actors and spectators meet and share the same space. The opera emerges from within a techno party - small performances in space grow into dramatic scenes as the night evolves. This real-time setting becomes the stage where Nikola encounters the world around him, whether as memories from the past, voices from the future or physical audience in the here and now.
Sounds and voices appear anywhere in space, moving around, above, beneath and in between the audience. The audience is not only listening to a performance, but is present in a transforming spatial environment of sound. The music turns into a virtual space, enabling the audience to choose their own paths and create personal interaction.
Nikola is the first opera composed in 4DSOUND and has been commissioned by Voi-Z Festival 2012.
Clients: Voi-Z Festival
Locations: Theater Odeon de Spiegel Zwolle, Muziekgebouw aan het IJ Amsterdam, 4DSOUND Studio Amsterdam
Artistic Team: Paul Oomen, Ruben van Gogh, Sjaron Minailo, Krystian Lada, Maarten Warmerdam, Collective 33 1/3
Performing Artists: Kevin Walton, Harm Huson, Reut Rivka Shabi, Peter Schoenaker, Anat Spiegel, Amsterdam Student Choir, Salvador Breed, Thomas Lauren, Roy El Kei, Thomas Mugagga
Producers: Michael de Roo [Voi-Z], Paul Oomen [4DSOUND], Wim Haveman
Technical Engineers: Poul Holleman, Luc van Weelden
Stage Construction: Aad Licht [MAV Techniek] Jos Rek
Contractors: MAV Techniek, Bloomline Acoustics, One/One, Ubisense