We Are Now: Ergo Sum at Rich Mix

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In a nutshell

Ergo Sum is a multi-sensory experience combining live performance with immersive technology, exploring neurodiversity and shifting perspectives.

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Through auditory, visual, and tactile illusions created using binaural sound, projection mapping, and haptic technology, Ergo Sum immerses audiences in the sensations related to conditions including PTSD, Autism, and Schizophrenia, allowing them to experience different personal journeys and perspectives of the world

Ergo Sum began in 2015 when Sleight of Hand Theatre ran an R&D process at Theatre Delicatessen in London, experimenting with combining binaural sound and live performance to immerse audience members in the experiences of others. They explored the experience of having autism, of being a stroke survivor, and of schizophrenia with 3 writers (Hattie Naylor, Lynette Linton, and Jessica Burgess), consulting with people from Islington Mind, the National Autistic Society, and TLC Care Young Stroke Survivors

Following this they ran a workshop at the University of Warwick (funded by their Institute for Advanced Teaching and Learning), bringing together academics from theatre, philosophy and medical sciences to discuss further development of the work.

The piece has developed since 2015 with a new script by Ellie Chadwick and more collaborators including projection mapping company Limbic Cinema and dance choreographer Irene Cioni. This piece is a work-in-progress sharing of selected scenes, framed as an empathy experiment in which the audience are participating.

What to Expect

Audience members take part in a pseudo empathy study where they are asked to wear headphones and settle in to an immersive experience that takes them on a journey into another person's state of mind. This theatre piece come augmented-reality experience involves binaural 360 sound and immersive projected visuals as well as physical theatre, dance and performance to explore life with PTSD, schizophrenia, and autism. As a work-in-progress, the performance will be followed with a salon talk and Q&A session led by experts in their field, responding to themes from the performance where audiences can get involved, give feedback, and find out more about questions of the role of technology and the ongoing process of creating this unique production.

Who's Involved

Ellie Chadwick (writer/director) is a theatre director, producer and teacher at the University of Warwick where she is writing up her PhD. She is a resident artist at Watershed's Pervasive Media Studio in Bristol where she is working on Ergo Sum and related VR-based projects. She also travels the world giving workshops: the latest being a two-week theatre residency in Bali, Indonesia.

Aaron Hussain (creative technician) co-runs Sleight of Hand with Ellie and is also a resident at the Pervasive Media Studio where he is developing VR and AR experiences. Aaron builds sets, mixes sound, and creates AR environments. He also runs intercultural experiences across the globe.

Irene Cioni is a dancer and choreographer. She has worked with/for Soho Theatre, Made In China Theatre, Young Vic Theatre, Look Left Look Right Theatre, Riotous Company, Spitalfields Music Festival, Rose Theatre, Fleur Darkin Company, Secret Cinema amongst others. Her work toured in Denmark, England, The Netherlands, Argentina, Bahrain, U.S.A. and France.

Irene makes dance compositions with artists, theatre makers, dancers, musicians and people that move.

Limbic Cinema is a collective of artists who work at the intersection of technology, art and design. Based in Bristol, they work with moving image and projection to bring environments to life, from small spaces and intricate sculpture to large-scale architectural mapping with narrative driven stories.

Venue Details & Map

Rich Mix

35 - 47 Bethnal Green Road
E1 6LA
+44 (0)20 7613 7498
Public transport:
Shoreditch High Street Station - Exit the station, turn out on to Bethnal Green Road. Turn right and cross over the road. Rich Mix is located a short distance along the road.

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