Since its opening in 1959, the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen (MiR short) has been considered one of the most important theater buildings of the post-war period. About 250 performances take place annually in the two houses of the music theater. The MiR is a venue for operas, musicals, symphony concerts and dance performances.
Already two years ago, director Sebastian Welker began to work on a project that would combine the classical components of opera with modern technology in the form of virtual reality. The goal was to combine the live performance with additional intensive insights into the characters and emotional worlds of the protagonists by putting on VR glasses in the meantime.
Together with the Musiktheater im Revier Gelsenkirchen, Sebastian Welker re-enacted the opera “Il Re Teodoro in Venezia” by Giovanni Paisiello and enhanced it with innovative virtual reality experiences. During the performance, a total of 16 different 360° videos were to be played simultaneously to the 150 spectators.