The Peony Pavilion – Interrupted Dream 2007

Ars Electronica Futurelab participated in the opening of Shanghai eARTS Festival on the 19th of October 07 with an innovative fusion of traditional Chinese Kun Opera and current media art techniques.


“Ars Electronica Futurelab opened the Shanghai eARTS Festival 2007 by staging an innovative fusion of Chinese Kunqu Opera and then most recent media-art approaches.

The staging concept translated the 500 year old musical, lyrical and choreographic composition of the “Interrupted Dream” – a part of the well known Kun Opera “Peony Pavilion” – into a three-dimensional media experience. The augmented version of “The Interrupted Dream” staged a three-dimensional virtual world of visual imagery coordinated to the tonal soundscapes being produced in the concert hall. The actors, captured live on stage, were integral parts of the projected visualization. Their representations in the 3-D space were generated by musical impulses creating the framework for a narrative structure coupled with different means of expression: voice, gesture and acting.


A still from the Peony Pavillion. Foto: Pascal Maresch
A still from the Peony Pavillion. Credit: Pascal Maresch


“Peony Pavilion – Interrupted Dream” by Ars Electronica Futurelab commissioned by eArts Festival Shanghai and Shanghai Cultural Development Foundation.

In cooperation with Kunqu Opera Troupe
Artists: Zhang Jun and Yuan Jia
performed at Oriental Art Center Shanghai

Research & Development:

Florian Berger, Rainer Eilmsteiner, Horst Hörtner, Andreas Jalsovec, Pascal Maresch, Katharina Nussbaumer-Greiderer, Erwin Reitböck