Missing the feeling of a live event, and sharing that experience with friends? Although the doors of Krannert Center for the Performing Arts remain closed, the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s arts center has has joined co-commissioners from around the globe to support and present a new work by renowned illusionist, mentalist, and performance artist Scott Silven.
The resulting project is an atmospheric and interactive theatre piece called The Journey,which comes live from Silven’s home in scenic, rural Scotland through a unique digital interface that connects 30 audience members per performance with Silven and one another in real time for an uncommon, shared experience.
In less than an hour, The Journey traverses mythical childhood stories and dramatic Highland landscapes that reveal the mysteries of the mind and unlock the secrets of Silven’s homeland through extraordinary illusions, unexpected personal reflections, and unbelievable feats of imagination that Forbes calls, “equally dazzling and mystifying.”
Silven, whose Studio Theatre performances of Wonders at Dusk thrilled Krannert Center audiences in 2018, says he feels lucky to connect with audiences all over the world to “take a moment to step back and reflect and realize that even in fragmented times, we can still find new forms of connection.” (NPR)
Created with the generous support of The Momentary, The Broad Stage, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Virginia Arts Festival, Arizona Arts Live, Traverse Theatre, Purdue Convocations, UtahPresents, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
Tu-Sa Feb 2-6 at 6:30pm and 8pm
Su Feb 7 at 2pm and 4pm
$25 / Senior Citizens $20 / Students $10 (recommended for age 14 and up)
“Is it Astounding? Absolutely. You don’t need Silven’s powers to predict the furious applause”
The New York Times
SCOTT SILVEN’S THE JOURNEY
The Journey will be streamed through a custom web interface with audience members appearing on camera for a large portion of the show. The high-definition audio and visuals are best enjoyed on an individual basis.
Your household may watch together; however, only one person may interact with Scott during the performance and that participant may not change partway through the performance.
To participate in the show, patrons will need:
- A quiet, well-lit space.
- Desktop, laptop computer, or Apple iPad with minimum 10-inch screen, microphone, and webcam, and a stable internet connection. Mobile devices and tablet devices (excluding Apple iPads) are not supported.
- Safari (v13+), Chrome (v72+), Microsoft Edge (v79+), or Firefox (v65+) browser. Internet Explorer is not supported. If using an Apple iPad, Safari (12+) is the only browser supported.
- Headphones with built-in microphone.
This performance will last approximately one hour. No late arrivals.