Laila

Opera
Special
In-Venue
25
Feb
3
Apr
A Co-production of Hong Kong Arts Festival and Finnish National Opera and Ballet
“I have never experienced such a collaboration in my entire life.” —Esa-Pekka Salonen

Introduction

Pushing beyond conventions through the convergence of Arts and Technology, a unique and personalised immersive opera experience

One of the major highlights of the 50th HKAF in 2022, Laila is an immersive opera experience that will be available for 5 weeks over the course of the Festival period. It is a co-production of the HKAF and the Finnish National Opera and Ballet (FNOB), receiving its international premiere in Hong Kong after premiere in Finland. Born out of Opera Beyond, FNOB’s international open call for concepts of an immersive and interactive art piece, this production was awarded the prestigious FEDORA Digital Prize for 2020, Europe’s largest opera and ballet competition.

Having more than a visual impact, Laila incorporates Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality (VR), video-projection mapping, 360 spatial sound and real time sensors to offer a unique, immersive and interactive arts experience in the dome-shaped performance space. In Laila, audiences are invited to co-create her reality and the future world with Artificial Intelligence. The show’s music and visual texture evolve and change in interaction with the audience’s participation, challenging us to encounter people’s hopes, fears and anxieties related to technology and the future unknown.

Free registration is open from 12 pm on 6 Jan 2022.

COMPOSER

Esa-Pekka Salonen

DRAMATURGE

Paula Vesala

SOUND DESIGN

Tuomas Norvio

ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST

Ekho Collective

Remarks

This production contains strobe light effects as well as loud sound effect and music.
Face masks and shoe covers must be worn during the Laila experience.
Photography and video recording are allowed in the performance space.
Performance duration and other information will be available on Laila website.

For More Information

Please visit laila.hk