Terra Nova

29% theatre
29% technology
13% virtual world
29% story
Who are we? What is the self? How do we perceive this self? Can we trust our body as an interface between reality and the self? How do we construct our consciousness? Where does the manipulation begin?
The Belgian CREW company of the former comic strip designer Eric Joris, operate with their technological and yet poetic theatre on the boundary between art and science. Electronic and digital media are the driving force for this narrative journey to the terrain of neurological research. “Terra Nova”, CREW’s most ambitious project to date, is a blend of theatre performance, installation, visual challenge and virtual adventure.
Confronted with the story of Robert Scott’s legendary, tragic Antarctic expedition, that seems here to be just as much the history of recent brain research, we travel both to the South Pole and to our own consciousness. Using head-mounted displays, we vanish into the stage set, which morphs from Potemkin village into an all-embracing experience. Wherever we look, we are the protagonists of this story, that we think we are controlling, but which leads us firmly into unexpected and inexplicable spaces. Who are we? The dividing-lines blur in Eric Joris’s sensory theatre. Between technology and bodies, virtuality and reality, inside and outside.

  CREW: Terra Nova    

Concept Eric Joris
Artistic direction Eric Joris & Stef De Paepe
With Stef De Paepe & Jorre Vandenbussche
Text Peter Verhelst
Sound Kreng
Software design Philippe Bekaert & EDM University of Hasselt
Artistic assistance Chantalla Pleiter
Technology Vincent Jacobs
Artistic assistance Chantalla Pleiter
Technical assistance Koen Goossens
Stage Leo Verlinden
Coordination film Dieter Lapauw
Lighting design Kim Rens & Laurence de Grande
Costumes Olivia Mortier
Production & management Vicky Vermoezen & Hilde Teuchies

Production Graz Roland Gfrerer
German simultaneous translation Robert Reinagl
Assistance Florian Kolb, Florian Gross, Lukas Walcher, Veronika Muchitsch, Viktoria Karadeniz,
Michael Sladek, Nadja Pieringer, Birgit Schachner, Christoph Stuhlpfarrer, Laura Petschnegg &
Susanne Arlt
Technical direction Hermann Schapek & Karl Masten
Technical direction MUMUTH Peter Fischer
Co-produced by steirischer herbst, La Chartreuse (Villeneuve-les-Avignon), PLACCC Festival (Budapest), art centre Buda (Kortrijk), Kaaitheater (Brussels), V2 (Rotterdam), Eurokaz Festival (Zagreb), art centre Vooruit (Ghent), Centro per l’arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci & Contemporanea Colline Festival (Prato)
With support from Ministry of Culture of the Flemish Community of Belgium, VGC (Brussels), European Commission (Culture 2007 - 2013), DICREAM (Ministry of Culture of France), Provinz Limburg (Belgium), EDM (Expertise Centre for Digital Media), University of Hasselt, art centre Vooruit (Ghent), NEXT Festival (Eurometropole Lille-Kortrijk-Tournai + Valenciennes), TAKT (Dommelhof, Neerpelt), La Chartreuse (Villeneuve-les-Avignon), La Gaîté Lyrique (Paris) & Les Colis-Bruits (Paris)
The translation of the text was supported by Vlaams Fonds voor de Letteren
Terra Nova is part of the European project „New Media, Performing Arts and Spectatorship“ (2011-2012), supported by the Culture programme 2007-2013 of the European Union

Date and Facts

Première in the
German-speaking region
Thu 13/10, Fri 14/10 & Sat 15/10, 5.30 & 9.30 pm &
Sat 15/10, 2.30 pm

18 / 12 €

Either in German or English language

Talk following the third performance