Walzer

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Walzer is a virtual reality experience with several stories circling women’s rights and the first wave of feminism during the late 19th and early 20th century.

Walzer can be visited at the Gaudeamus music festival in Utrecht on 11 and 12 September 2021.
Book your tickets at Gaudeamus.nl

As you travel through a virtual photographic landscape, a waltz is your guide. When you move around, the waltz morphs into a variety of moods in eight different languages accompanied by  songs and poems.

This vr was built with thousands of unknown personal photographs found on flea markets, online marketplaces and private collections. During the process of collecting and digital restoration, intriguing stories emerged. Narratives developed when we connected pictures with other pictures and combined them with music, words, sounds and 3D technology. Inside this virtual world the user’s knowledge, background and  behavior determines the experience.

This is the first pilot production of an expanding project on women’s rights in virtual reality.

Walzer was created by composer & performer Frieda Gustavs (1996) and visual artist & photography collector Leo Erken (1964).

The central waltz in the project was composed by Frieda Gustavs and performed by Catarina Gomez, Pedro Silva, Mafalda C. Oliveira, Daniel Ferreira (saxophones), Khrystyna Kulchynska (cello), Anastasia Zavorina (double bass), Arjan Linker (trombone), Piotr Majoor (trumpet), Nuno Lobo (bassoon), Teresa Costa (bass flute) and Frieda Gustavs (gamelan, glockenspiel, accordion, melódica, guitar,  bouzouki, ukulele, cavaquinho, piano and voice).

Voice Girl in the Woods: Ann Kolman.
Russian voices: Nadezhda Titova, Natalia Eremina and Yana Volovich.
English voice: Emily Bannister.
German and Dutch voice: Frieda Gustavs. 
German voice: Svea Gustavs
Polish voice: Nina Pokutycka.
Dutch voices: Kristy van Dijk, Ernie Buts and Mies Dijksterhuis.
Japanese and Dutch voice: Kiriko Mechanicus.
Italian voice: Olivia Benali.
Portuguese voice: Inês Lopes.

Technical support: Cris Mollee and Malou Minkjan.
Special thanks to Jilt van Moorst and Marie Louise Schipper.

Copyright nl12 2021

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