The Lab Collective are Joe Thorpe, Natalie Scott, Neil Connoly, Amy Fleming and Antigoni Spanou. They create live performance which transcends traditional forms to produce visceral, interactive experiences for the audience. Treading the line between theatre, installation and game, The Lab Collective empowers the audience to collaborate in their performances. The company has worked in a variety of traditional and non-traditional performance spaces, exploring and playing across disciplines to generate innovative theatrical experiences. The Lab Collective’s work consists of four strands:
- Interactive, one on one installation
- Mid scale socio-political performance, which explores current social questions
- Large scale immersive performance for festivals and alternative sites.
- Practitioner training in Interactive and Immersive performance
During the CorpusQuod project, the Lab Collective will be providing their expertise in creating interactive and immersive performance at key points in the process, helping to shape research into a viable live product, which has the potential to reach communities and organisations across the UK - serving multiple purposes as a training tool, as well as live entertainment. This project also represents a significant benefit to The Lab Collective, as they grow not only as an organisation, but also as practitioners who are pioneering new methodologies and training for interactive and immersive makers and performers. In-depth research in the field is something the collective feels is incredibly important, not only to them, but the growing sector of Immersive Performance and applied technologies in the wider cultural ecology of the UK.
Immersive experiences (in terms of VR, AR, and live performance) and are fast becoming a popular and increasingly important part of the UK’s cultural ecology, with a broad commercial appeal and significant investment from both the subsidised and corporate sectors. VR, AR and live Immersive experiences are largely separate forms, and the Lab Collective believe that this project offers the opportunity to engage in how they can interact to create a brand-new form - which is an exciting prospect for a burgeoning industry.