Alone Together is a means to meet and engage with virtual beings while navigating what is real. This self-generated performance, led by Secret Theatre’s Dustin Harvey, incorporates cutting-edge augmented reality, voice recognition, artificial intelligence and hologram production and combines them with theatrical storytelling and audience interactions.
Inspired by the concept of a family rental agency that provides fake family members to lonely people seeking companionship, Alone Together offers unpredictable, seemingly spontaneous narratives and invites the audience member to take on one of the roles. Brief yet emotionally arresting, innovative yet surprisingly familiar, the project is accessible and inclusive in ways that traditional culture sometimes fails to be.
Secret Theatre creates new ways of being together while shedding light on how it is we've grown apart. Established in 2003 as a vehicle for the theatre projects of Kjipuktuk/Halifax-based actor/writer/tinkerer Dustin Harvey, Secret Theatre has grown to encompass a myriad of people and places come, gone and soon to be. Each production is about creating meaningful, shared experiences that are thoughtful, intimate, and temporary.
Moving between diverse contexts like dance, live art, public art, media art and performance, Secret Theatre projects have been presented at internationally recognized festivals and events in Wales, Denmark, Ireland, Iceland, Scotland, and Canada.
The National Creation Fund’s investment of $80,000 will enhance the app’s interactive and video elements, including additional time for the technical team to further test and refine the story engine’s AI architecture and further expand the story through the creation of introduction and onboarding videos.
Produced by Secret Theatre, in collaboration with Arcade and Afro Viking Pictures.
Production partners: UK-Canada Immersive Exchange in partnership with Canada Media Fund, Arts Council England, Canada Council for the Arts, StoryFutures Academy and the Canadian Film Centre. Presentation support from Arts Nova Scotia and the City of Halifax.
Developed with support from the National Arts Centre’s National Creation Fund.
Premiering in 2022.