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What does it take to make a garment applaud? How can an audience cheer via smartphone so that the enthusiasm also reaches the applauded in the theater hall?

On May 4, the workshop room will open its doors for the first time – with in-depth insights into the technical innovations that are exploring new possibilities for interaction between stage events and the audience in the show THE DEAN OF GERMANY as part of the project.

Berit Greinke (Junior Professor in Wearable Computing at the Einstein Center Digital Future) will talk about the technical background and challenges of the Conductor Suit, which was developed by an 11-member research team at the Einstein Center Digital Future. The first prototype of the eTextile will be worn and used in all THE DEAN OF GERMANY episodes by Claas Krause (Musical Director Verworner-Krause Chamber Orchestra). In the Lab, after explaining the technical details, the Conductor Suit will be presented live as a performative musical tool with the Verworner-Krause Chamber Orchestra.

The developers Jonas Urbat (Digital Applause and Crowdcomposing) and Paul Bießmann (Conductor Suit and Digital Applause) will provide technical insights on digital applause, from the idea to programming and live implementation.

LAB1 will be moderated by the dramaturge of the Neuköllner Oper, Änne-Marthe Kühn. In a discussion with Clemens Seemann, project manager, the genesis of the project, its long-term goals, as well as its potentials will be highlighted and the first applications will be evaluated.

The discussion round will be broadcast via live stream following The Dean of Germany.


Streaming was yesterday – on all seven evenings between April 17 and May 6, the live show THE DEAN OF GERMANY meets the new project funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation – with digital tools opening up new fields of participation for the audience. The digitization of musical theater goes into the next round!

Project partner: Verworner-Krause Chamber Orchestra

Participants: Einstein Center Digital Future, kultursystem, kling klang klong, Trickster Orchestra, Jonas Urbat, Paul Bießmann, Cultural Design, Kulturdata and many more.

The project is implemented by the Neuköllner Opera in collaboration with the Verworner-Krause-Kammerorchester and is developed within the framework of “dive in. Program for Digital Interactions” of the Federal Cultural Foundation, funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) in the NEUSTART KULTUR program.


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