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Luma Festival Announces Debut of Miranda a Fully Immersive, Live Musical Theatre VR Experience

Stage Directions • Industry News • September 23, 2020

The fully immersive live musical theater production, Miranda: A Steam Punk VR Experience, will debut Thursday, September 23, 2020 with nine free shows over the course of September 24, 25, and 26. Kamala Sankaram’s dystopian courtroom drama Miranda is a fully immersive VR opera featuring live motion-capture performance, that is produced by LUMA Festival, Tri-Cities Opera, Enhance VR, and Opera Omaha. Miranda reimagines world-class theatre for the digital age and amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Here is a trailer video from Luma Festival:

The full show schedule is as follows. All showtimes are in EST.

  • September 24: 6:30 PM, 7:45 PM, 9:00 PM
  • September 25: 6:30 PM, 7:45 PM, 9:00 PM
  • September 26: 6:30 PM, 7:45 PM, 9:00 PM

Tickets are free for the public and available at the following link: https://lumaarts.ticketleap.com/miranda/.

Miranda: A Steampunk Opera will stream live in the following three distinct formats:

  • Via Oculus rift or HTC Vive headset
  • Using desktop or laptop gaming PC
  • Watching the “Director’s Cut” streaming live over YouTube

About Miranda: A Steampunk Opera
Miranda: A Steampunk Opera combines the quality of performance and broad accessibility of a large Broadway theatre with the emotional connection that can only be achieved in a small, immersive production. The style of production also creates the possibility for live theatre to incorporate cinema-scale effects typically impossible to replicate on-stage. To present Miranda, Enhance VR and LUMA have developed an original live theater framework application built on industry-standard 3D gaming tools including Unity and Photon.

Miranda transports us to a dark American future where growing class disparities have reached epic proportions and the criminal justice system serves only as a parody of what it once represented. A wealthy socialite has died, and three suspects’ lives are on the line. They’ll each testify in aria for a chance at freedom. The live audience serves as judge and jury–but can they even accept their own role at face value? Or has the game been rigged from the start?

Sankaram’s score balances apocalyptic pop beats with the lush lyricism of classic opera, adding a rich texture to a tale that explores themes of class, bureaucracy, and self-determination. The work is being directed and adapted from its original 2013 production by Alison Moritz (Washington National Opera, Opera Omaha, Tanglewood Festival), working with lead designer Diego Martinez and Co-Executive Producer Tice Lerner. The production concept was developed by LUMA’s Joshua Bernard and Tri-Cities Opera’s John Rozzoni.

About Luma
Founded in 2015 by a street photographer, a film editor, and an event planner, the LUMA Projection Arts Festival is a cutting edge visual arts festival held in Binghamton, NY, just 3 1⁄2 hours from New York, Harrisburg and Philadelphia and 5 1⁄2 hours from Cleveland, Boston and Toronto. LUMA’s mission is to advance the emerging practice of projection mapping by giving artists a space to push the boundaries of their own work in front of an open-minded and engaged audience.

Miranda: A Steam Punk VR Experience, a fully immersive VR opera featuring live motion-capture performance, is produced by LUMA Festival, Tri-Cities Opera, Enhance VR, and Opera Omaha.

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