| a hybrid theatre performance

How to Cry by Bastian Sistig is a sensitive piece about masculinity, leading in a show-like manner through productive ways for old white men to engage in crying and opening up the possibility for tender vulnerability. It´s a complex theatre performance with interactive elements engaging both off-and online audiences.

Through live overlay graphics, spectators are asked to share their opinions via email or call a cab for the actors. Next to three stage cameras, there is also one handheld camera occasionally leaving the stage together with the actors, opening up the stage to the corridor, dressing room, rest room, courtyard and even a cab drive through Berlin takes place and thereby making the screen projection an integral part of the aesthetics of the piece.

Also, elements of the stage design serve as a green screen that is keyed and projected while being streamed live, adding another level of storytelling possibilities and giving more complexity to the performance. Magmastudio successfully realized the live streaming with all its intricate challenges.

Magma Studio is a collective formed by filmmakers, photographers, art directors and graphic designers. The studio works with cultural institutions, festivals and event producers, galleries and individual artists. With the combination of film, pictures and design Magma develops tailor-made communication strategies for social media communities and beyond.