Houston’s Alley Theatre is breaking barriers with a new live art theatrical experience available only between April 12th through May 20th. This interactive piece known as “Remote Houston” aims to make the city itself the stage. The performance takes a group of fifty audience members on a journey on foot with personal headphones through the city of Houston with an artificial intelligence as a guide. Stefan Kaegi, the creator of the project, enjoys putting “spectators and their experiences in the center” of his work rather than gathering an audience to gape at the talents of actors on a stage.
Participants can expect their guided route to begin at Evergreen Cemetery, run about three miles long, and last for 90 minutes. Your guided headphones will at times lead up and down staircases, venture across uneven and unpaved ground, and pause on the roof of a skyscraper. Meanwhile, the artificial guide leads the group, accompanied by a dynamic soundscape. As you explore, part of the group may be given a task like taking the bus or sprinting to the end of the street, only to reform minutes later. Remote Houston will help you let go of the every day to discover this exclusive perspective.
Dean Gladden, Managing Director at the Alley Theater, first discovered this new type of performance in Santiago, Chile, and immediately felt compelled to bring it to Houston. Said Gladden, “All of the Alley’s performances take place inside our theatre and I thought a performance that travels outside the building, around our community is a very intriguing concept.” Before it could be presented, Kaegi had to travel to Houston to customize the performance specifically to the city. Other cities featured in “Remote X” include Berlin, Moscow, Milan, and Zurich.
Whether you’ve recently moved to Houston or lived here all your life, Remote Houston will provide a fresh and unique experience with the city. Participants will find themselves impromptu dancing with strangers one moment and the next contemplating questions like “What will happen with all our knowledge and experiences after death?” Sharing the experience of the city streets with fifty other participants adds a thrilling and intimate aspect to this theatrical performance.