VIA ALICE: A CROSS-CULTURAL CINEMATIC VR EXPERIENCE
WORLD PREMIERE AUG 31-SEP 3 @ RED BULL MUSIC ACADEMY (RBMA) WEEKENDER, SYDNEY
VIA Alice follows feature American artist, producer and dancer Khalif Diouf (Le1f) alongside Indigenous Australian dancer, choreographer Waangenga Blanco, as they take us on a surreal, immersive, and insightful journey into the vast Australian outback, Alice Springs, and onward into the upper northern reaches of the Cape York Peninsula.
Born in Manhattan, New York, Khalif studied ballet and modern dance, attended the Concord Academy, and earned his degree in Choreography from Wesleyan University before returning to the city to begin his rap career.
Arriving on Australian soil sees Khalif team with the charismatic Waangenga Blanco, a descendant of the Mer Island people and of the pajinka Wik, Cape York. Waangenga studied at the NAISDA Dance College, and is a lead male dancer of the widely acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation, and on of Australia’s leading performing arts companies.
Armed with their incredibly diverse backgrounds in dance and performance, knowledge passed down from community elders, and their own unique methods of storytelling, Khalif & Waangenga will take us, the viewer, on a desert journey to deliver an alternate insight into land and culture, whilst ultimately, through artistic collaboration, finding the meeting points between storytelling & dance.
VIA is a collaboration between Pete Keen (multidisciplinary artist, creative director, founder of Melbourneʼs Sugar Mountain festival), Daniel Stricker (head of Siberia Records, producer, and founding member of Midnight Juggernauts) and is produced in collaboration with virtual reality (VR) production company Virtual Guest and Brandon D’Silva (Founder & Executive Producer).
Supported by Samsung, VIA Alice Premiere’s at Carriageworks, Sydney as part of the Red Bull Music Academy Weekender from August 31 til September 3 – with multiple sessions occurring daily as a free Virtual Reality Experience, and a ticketed option that includes an exclusive live performance.
For more info and tickets to the Premiere visit http://syd.redbullmusicacademy.com/event/via-alice/.
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