Visioning Stages Beyond

13-14 September 2022, Helsinki

The way of experiencing art and entertainment is undergoing big changes. Many possibilities in new technologies are yet to be discovered. Pioneer, thinker, artist, polymath or adventurer – will you join us on our journey of discovery?

We will dive into upcoming trends and weak signals in the cultural field, cutting-edge technology (XR, AI, spatial audio, NFTs, volumetric video, 3D projections and metaverse), interactivity and immersion, but also themes like diversity and inclusion, expectations of next generations in culture and entertainment consumption, ecosystems and the role of art in times of crisis. We will learn how to foster innovation in XR and opera, how to reduce productions’ carbon footprint and of course, how to create bewitching multisensory stage illusions, increase immersion and interactivity and to amaze audiences.

Opera Beyond pitches at Assembly Creative Tech ’21. Photo credit: Tuula Ylikorpi, Otto Jahnukainen


During the pandemic, many organizations have succeeded in enriching their content with new methods. We will share these learnings with the art, entertainment and event industries. Time inevitably brings change – here’s to moving beyond!

Opera Beyond Conference was organized for the first time in 2019.

The conference (13-14 September 2022)  is a meeting place, a forum and a catalyst for ideas. The two-day event at the Finnish National Opera in Helsinki will include speeches and presentations, debates, networking and envisioning new worlds together.

Stay tuned for speaker and program announcements and secure your seat by purchasing a ticket. We’re excited to see you in September!

Speakers

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Eero Tiainen

Eero Tiainen

Eero Tiainen is a VR director whose work combines dramaturgy, game design and experience design. Tiainen is the artistic leader of an upcoming metaverse experience Love Simulation EVE co-produced together with Espoo City Theatre. He is also the director of the XR Art Festival Embrace.

Benoit Alary

Benoit Alary

“My most recent work explores how we can reproduce the acoustics of a room in six degrees of freedom for AR/VR. I look at existing rooms and analyze them to study how we perceive their acoustics as we move around in the space, and I use this knowledge to develop new sound reproduction algorithms.”

Rita Paqvalén

Rita Paqvalén

Rita Paqvalén, PhD, has been working as the Executive Director of Culture for All Service since 2012, where she has led many projects such as Avaus – Opening. Becoming an agent in the field of arts and culture in Finland (2017–2020), Multilingualism and diversity as a resource in the cultural field – employment and integration through literature in the Nordic Countries (2016–2018), Finland 100 – In rainbow colours (2016–2018) and Queering the Museums (2012–2014). She is currently coordinating the Nordic Norm Critical Leadership Network in collaboration with her Danish collegue Amalie Ørum Hansen.

Edilia Gänz

Edilia Gänz

Edilia Gänz has worked in cultural management and philanthropy for the last nine years. Since the launch of FEDORA – The European Circle of Philanthropists of Opera and Ballet in 2013, she became the organisation’s director, responsible for its growth and impact. FEDORA is known today as the world’s largest opera and dance competition and a leading European philanthropic organisation. In 2018, it introduced a digital platform to showcase emerging talent, engage new audiences, and encourage philanthropy across Europe with the support of the European Commission.

Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon

Paddy Dillon is one of the UK’s leading theatre architects, responsible for the regeneration of the National Theatre, in London, alongside many other projects. In 2020 he initiated the Theatre Green Book, a project to help theatre-makers work together towards a sustainable future for theatre.

Lilli Paasikivi

Lilli Paasikivi

Lilli Paasikivi has worked as Artistic Director of the Finnish National Opera since 2013. In her work, Paasikivi has set out to reshape the structures of opera and to find ways to combine technology with opera. In 2019, Paasikivi launched Opera Beyond – a project which aims to apply new technological possibilities and tools in opera and ballet.

Enara Nazarova

Enara Nazarova

Enara is the Founder of digital fashion platform ARMOAR, host of the Digital Fashion & Art Club, and VP of Metaverse at Hype Partners. She was recently voted as one of Top 30 Voices in the Metaverse by ReadWrite and has spoken at summits globally about digital fashion. Today she’s building a new generation of Web3 products that will shape the future of how people express themselves online.

Paula Vesala

Paula Vesala

Vesala is one of Finland’s most popular musical artists today. She is a multi-platinum selling, diverse musician and dramaturge who is recognized for her skills in creating tangible stories and universes through words, notes and dynamic performance.

Laura Olin

Laura Olin

ZOAN is an international Metaverse studio with its headquarters in Helsinki. As the Chief Operating Officer of ZOAN, Laura Olin has been part of producing multiple virtual pioneer works for both companies and in the branch of arts and culture.

Onni Hämäläinen

Onni Hämäläinen

“In recent work with 00100ENSEMBLE we have been playing around with the balance of personal and shared experiences. In all of the projects one of the aims is to create a sense of belonging to a momentary community. By creating a safe and curated multi sensory world we give the audience a choice to wander freely and lose themselves following their own intuition. In a performance where the options can feel limitless, they get the chance to surprise themselves and challenge their own behavioural habits.”

Tuomas Norvio

Tuomas Norvio

Norvio is a multidisciplinary sound designer and sound artist. His background is in electronic music and works nowadays between different art forms and genres. He is interested in rhythmical and arrhythmical masses of sound, using acoustic and sampled sounds as a material of his work. Norvio has made sound and music for contemporary dance and circus, installations, documentary films and different artists.

Urho Konttori

Urho Konttori

Urho Konttori is a product innovator and program manager who has over 20 years of experience in designing, engineering and managing large-scale hardware and software projects at Varjo, Microsoft and Nokia. He has been responsible for scouting, evaluating and defining high consumer value innovations such as novel cameras, see-through touch-screen fingerprint and VR headset technologies in more than a dozen mobile products, resulting in over 10 patents.

Blair Stevenson

Blair Stevenson

“I am increasingly convinced that the future is interdisciplinary – both with respect to performance as well as the education of new generations of young professionals. It is collaborative efforts and dialogue between people who don’t normally work together which draw me in. Our new Creative Europe funded project on innovation in the sector theatre (ACuTe), among others, will attempt to do this through the development of ‘testbeds’ for expanding emerging communities of practice.”

Silva Belghiti

Silva Belghiti

“Right now, I’m interested in seeing more differences and linguistic minorities on television or in film, how they are taken into account in society, and how people’s awareness can grow through the media or social media. What if we take it for granted, and the employment potential of sign language users would also increase on the side of the vast majority without prejudice. I am inspired that in America, sign language is increasingly valued and sign language users (deaf) are increasingly being included in TV series and movies.”

Janne Auvinen

Janne Auvinen

Janne is the CEO of Verkatehdas and the acting theatre director of the subsidiary Hämeenlinna Theatre, as well as a specialist in the development of performance and event facilities. A dissertation on the creating functional performance spaces is currently underway at Aalto University’s Department of Architecture.

Inna Huttunen

Inna Huttunen

“Whether it’s the thrill of a rollercoaster ride, an intense look in your eyes inside a huge labyrinth or a moment in a virtual paradise that makes you question the life around you – it all comes down to something that for me is the juicy essence of immersive experiences: a personal, though somehow shared adventure. An adventure packed in a fleeting moment, that has the potential to be transformative.”

Urs Dierker

Urs Dierker

Urs Dierker is the founder of Circular Costume Design (CCD) and a costume textile artist for screen and stage productions in Europe and North America. CCD is an innovative initiative that Dierker realizes with academic and cultural sector partners to develop solutions for sustainability and costume design.

Jessica Creane

Jessica Creane

“Recent project exploration has included a deep dive into the gamification of Romeo & Juliet, namely how strangers fall in love, what makes love irresistible, and how to utilize play to inspire self-reflection around intimacy.”

Aki Mäkivirta

Aki Mäkivirta

During his nearly four decades of professional experience and 27 years at Genelec to research, develop and implement accurate monitoring solutions for the most critical applications, Aki has witnessed the introduction of immersive audio formats capable of convincingly enveloping and integrating the listeners to truly become embedded in the audio space.

Ida Kymmer

Ida Kymmer

“Questions I ask and that guide me currently: Where can the new immersive and web3 technologies that we are developing take us? What are the problems we can solve? Which systems can we change, what new economies can we create where it is needed the most, and how can we make sure that we spend LESS and more QUALITY time in this next iteration of the Internet?”

Jakob Kudsk Steensen

Jakob Kudsk Steensen

“I have been working with opera singers, pop musicians, video game designers and iconic architecture like Halle am Berghain in Berlin, the Venice Biennale, Serpentine Galleries and ARoS Art Museum, to explore a new realm for art. I am excited about new formats where spatial exhibitions from the art world meet the immersive and narrative qualities of theater, with the song and emotional qualities of opera.”

Ryan Metcalfe

Ryan Metcalfe

Ryan Metcalfe is the founder and Managing Director of visualisation studio Preevue. Based in the UK and the US, Preevue specialises in LiDAR laser scanning and building Digital Twins of spaces for the arts, media, and entertainment industries. Following the formation of the company in 2016, Preevue has grown to become a leading provider of visualisation for theatre productions around the world, including Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, Bat Out of Hell The Musical, and Moulin Rouge! The Musical.

Matias Harju

Matias Harju

“There are always untold stories behind the dominant narratives. Whereas music in cinema has the ability to convey the true emotions of the characters despite what is seen on the screen, in augmented reality experiences, sounds and voices could play a similar role in disclosing an invisible layer of alternative truth hidden from the common eye. I’m super excited about the possibilities of audio augmented reality as an art form for telling stories connected to real environments and real people. I’m also excited when getting to experiment with new ways to use technology for narrative and artistic purposes.”

Sandra Rodriguez

Sandra Rodriguez

“My most recent projects combine the use of virtual tools, virtual entities and Artificial Intelligence, to reflect on some unique characteristics of our human experience.”

Samee Haapa

Samee Haapa

“I’m inspired by how queer communities create safer spaces in order to facilitate action which society at large might define as ‘risky’ in a way that validates the boundaries of everyone involved. If translated to art, this for me gives a glimpse of art which can take more meaningful risks while also taking better care of everyone involved.”

Joseph Fowler

Joseph Fowler

Joseph Fowler is a director, programmer and strategist working within Arts and Culture with over 20 years of international experience collaborating across disciplines in Europe, North America and the Middle East. Joseph currently holds the position of Head of Arts and Culture at the World Economic Forum in Geneva.

Kaisa Rönkkö

Kaisa Rönkkö

Kaisa has worked in management and expert positions in the cultural sector for 20 years, latest as a CEO of Music Finland. She has a passion to deliver the message of the power of arts and culture and develop the international dialogue and innovation between premium content, new technologies and digital services.

Ankur Bahl

Ankur Bahl

“I’m really interested in how the digital programming the culture sector developed out of necessity during the pandemic can continue to be relevant and impactful in enabling access and increasing diversity of audiences, especially among people who can’t or don’t attend in person.”

Dan Burgar

Dan Burgar

“I’m really interested in democratizing the VR/AR/Metaverse technology to make it accessible to everyone, I’m passionate about the people and the community that make up the future of these transformative industries. The intersection of arts and innovation has never been more prevalent than now, I personally get inspired by it.”

Hannu Järvensivu

Hannu Järvensivu

Hannu Järvensivu will be presenting the XR Stage Design Platform tool and project at the conference, an XR tool creating a fully functioning digital twin of a real stage.

Program

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