"Mauerschau-360" is a VR opera experience based on the award-winning opera Mauerschau (Bavarian State Opera, 2016). The opera takes the myth of Penthesilea and Achilles as a starting point for an investigation of war and the truth of its representation. Over the course of 12 "pictures", the opera presents the multiple, contradictory versions of this ancient myth about the Amazon queen and her beloved foe Achilles, staging the epistemological crisis Penthesilea faces as she seeks to verify the truth of her own actions on the battlefield. Did she kill Achilles? Or did he kill her? How can she ever know? How can we?
The title "Mauerschau" refers to "teichoscopia," the theatrical device introduced by the Greeks, whereby an actor looks out over the audience and describes what he or she sees "over there". In Berheide and Stebbins' opera, this ancient mode of staging scenes of war and violence becomes a gateway for taking on the ethical dilemma of drone warfare, and what, since the opera's premiere, has come to be known as "fake news".
A 10-minute demo version of "Mauerschau-VR" has been shot on the Insta Pro 1, and recorded in ambisonic by Limes 360.
PENTHESILEA'S HIGH SHADOW
PENTHESILEA'S LOW SHADOW
ACHILLES' HIGH SHADOW
ACHILLES' LOW SHADOW
Performed by the DUISBURG PHILHARMONIC
CAMERA, EDITING, COMPOSITING
SOUND RECORDING ENGINEER
Heinrich Schläfer (Limes 360)
Luke T. Allen
Supported by the Academy for Theater and Digitality, Theater Dortmund, Duisburg Philhrmonic