Project XO

Renaud Wiser continues his work with New Movement Collective with Project XO, a Sadler's Wells commission.
Project XO is a cutting-edge dance installation devised by New Movement Collective with collaborators Kai Lab, Visualpilots and FENYCE Workspace. This unique encounter invites members of the public to wear a robotic exoskeleton which will move their body in a precise choreography. Exploring themes of power, agency and empathy, this performance is a 3-way interaction between participant, performer and technology. The robotic suit both subdues and empowers the wearer, as we watch this haunting interaction and wonder about who the ambiguous ‘creator’ behind the movement is. With lighting by Guy Hoare and music by Högni (Erased Tapes), Project XO is an immersive embodied experience and an unusual spectacle.
Commissioned by Sadler's Wells Theatre. Produced by New Movement Collective and devised by the Company in collaboration with creative technologists Kai Lab, Visualpilots and FENYCE Workspace. The production of Project XO is funded by the Arts Council England, Garfield Weston Foundation, Polish Cultural Institute and NMC Commissioning Circle with co-commission funds from South East Dance. Project XO has been developed with support for design and building from the Middlesex University and further support from the Bartlett's Interactive Architecture Lab, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, English National Ballet, Stone Nest and artsdepot. Initial research for Project XO was supported by the Jerwood Choreographic Research Project, Studio Wayne McGregor through the FreeSpace programme and the Open Lab at Barbican/Guildhall.