Theater technology is taking its next step at Henry Ford College.
This fall, HFCCs groundbreaking, award-winning Virtual Theatricality Lab will stage Dinosaurus!, a children’s play about two oil engineers who find a surviving colony of dinosaurs. The play features a 20-foot-tall Tyrannosaurus rex, created by projectors, as well as a host of other images projected onto the stage, with which live actors interact.
The day has finally arrived. After months of preparing and hard work, the theater team and Virtual Theatricality Lab from Henry Ford College has staged the long-awaited, Dinosaurus!.
Shows began Nov. 1 and continue through the 23rd.
This 3-D, and sometimes 4-D, family-friendly play features a 20-foot tall Tyrannosaurus Rex (T-Rex) and will be on stage at the Adray Auditorium, located in the MacKenzie Fine Arts Center at HFC, 5101 Evergreen Road.
The Theatricality Lab uses virtual characters and scenery and combines them with real stage actors.
Dinosaurs! is a show designed to be unlike anything you've seen before.
It takes virtual reality and adds in live actors to create virtual theatricality.
It takes three dimension and adds in additional sensual experiences to make it 4D.
The story itself takes you below the surface of the earth to where two humans stumble upon a lost colony of dinosaurs while looking for oil.
A T-rex sneezed on us.
Granted, the press release for Dinosaurus! described an "immersive environment," but I didn't know that meant immersion in dino snot. The children around me giggled "Eww!" The Critic, securely in his second childhood and confident that there are artistic directors who dream of seeing him immersed in more toxic substances, judged "no harm, no foul."
Vicon, the motion capture technology specialist for the life science, engineering and entertainment industries announced that their mocap technology was used to create a dancing dinosaur for the live-action show, Dinosaurus! at Henry Ford Community College's Virtual Theatricality Lab (VTL). The family show runs from November 1 – 23, 2014.
In a quiet corner on the campus of Henry Ford Community College, a small group of teachers and students are working to create a new, high tech medium for live theatrical performance. Part Hollywood special effect, part traditional stagecraft, HFCC’s Virtual Theatricality Lab is the marriage of technology and performance art in a way that never has been done before.
Henry Ford Community College’s Virtual Theatricality Lab may redefine live theatrical performances with its production of stage play “Dinosaurus!”
The Theatricality Lab uses live virtual characters and scenery and combines them with stage actors.
“It’s like when 3-D first appeared or when sound first came out,” said George Popovich, director of Theater Arts and Director of the Virtual Theatricality Lab. “It’s a new modality of presentation.”
“Dinosaurus!” will begin showing in November.
Beginning Nov. 1, Henry Ford College's Virtual Theatricality Lab will immerse you and your family in a 3-D environment, complete with a 20-foot-tall Trex with the live children's stage play, Dinosaurus! Two sets of performances will be offered: one for the general public and one for elementary schools.