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Within Touching Distance [Live Performance]

Within Touching Distance [Live Performance]

Lopes Ramos, Jorge ORCID: 0000-0003-4868-9700, Maravala, Persis-Jade, Guillery, Kesia, Pires, Carlos Eduardo and Flight, Ross (2023) Within Touching Distance [Live Performance]. [Creative Performance or Reading]

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This tender, one-on-one mixed reality experience combines human touch and virtual reality, where each audience member is gently put to bed. Following on from last year’s single chapter pilot, we are proud to present the full version, as intended, of Within Touching Distance. Exploring the fragile nature of life and the comfort of human connection, we are taken from childhood through to old age, exploring the nature of touch as it is experienced by an infant, adult and a person in palliative care. Using embodiment in virtual reality and the ritual of the mundane everyday task of getting ready for bed, the participants are taken through human life cycles, highlighting how our experiences change the way we interact, at a sensory level, with the world. Each performance slot is designed for one attendee only, so if you are attempting to buy multiple tickets, they need to be for separate time slots. Attendees must arrive 15 minutes prior to performance slot. Due to the restricted capacity for this performance, tickets will be re-allocated to the standby queue if attendees do not arrive within 15 minutes of performance slot. Please note, this performance involves lying on a bed and physical touch, and there will be an opportunity to a discuss any concerns with the front of house team on arrival. This performance also involves wearing a VR headset. This performance is not suitable for children under 12. The whole experience is wheelchair accessible with modification. For additional access questions/requests, please email

Item Type: Creative Performance or Reading
Uncontrolled Keywords: participatory performance; immersive experience; interactive technology; VR/XR; affective touch; empathy; haptic technology; health simulation; mental healthcare training; digital mental health therapy
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
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Last Modified: 03 Oct 2023 14:47

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