Every aspect of the show is completely original, from the 30-track score and live DJ performances to projected videos, dialogue and choreography. It explores how screen culture consciously and subconsciously dominates human experience. The characters question the legitimacy and meaning behind their mediated existences, experiencing simultaneous feelings of loneliness and euphoria through addiction to screens. The piece investigates the question of what it means to find escape in a world where the claustrophobia of overstimulation has consumed our daily lives.
Voyeur Theatre Collective Art was founded two years ago by Northwestern students Russell Kahn and Isabella Mehiel, and since then it has seen huge growth. They fear that theatre can be thrilling, but “theatre is dying, and millennials don’t seem to give a shit.” They innovate constantly, and use multiple screens, consistent soundscape, live performers, and moving set pieces, because they believe millennials engage more deeply with content when they are able to consume it through multiple coherent channels. The sound and video, set design and lights are expensive, and needing money to keep ticket prices low enough to entice young people who might not otherwise have access, crowd fund their productions on indiegogo.
Their are two performances of Next Level at Bangunan UAB, China Street Ghaut, on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd September at 8pm. Tickets are US$6.27 and can be purchased here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vtc-next-level-gtf-tickets-35408310209
You can also watch a teaser video by scrolling down their facebook page event here:
Teaser video https://www.facebook.com/events/105109340071435/?active_tab=discussion&__xt__=33.%7B%22logging_data%22%3A%7B%22profile_id%22%3A105109340071435%2C%22event_type%22%3A%22clicked_view_event_posts%22%2C%22impression_info%22%3A%22eyJmIjp7Iml0ZW1fY291bnQiOiIwIn19%22%2C%22surface%22%3A%22www_events_permalink%22%2C%22interacted_story_type%22%3A%221058178634193603%22%2C%22session_id%22%3A%22b5d0bb3705afb08fc7a597545808ffc7%22%7D%7D