AURORA, Colorado (CBS4) – In their latest immersive experience, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts opened “Van Gogh Alive” at Stanley Market Place in Aurora. The fully immersive experience captivates visitors into the artistic spirit of Vincent Van Gogh by bringing several of his iconic paintings to life.
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The paid experience gives people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds the chance to see Van Gogh‘s works from a different perspective. The exhibition is divided into three different rooms, each giving visitors the opportunity to physically place themselves in paintings from over 130 years ago.
“Arts and culture can be interpreted in so many different ways,” said John Ekeberg, executive director of the Broadway Cabaret division for DCPA. “Arts and culture enrich our lives. “
Ekeberg told CBS4’s Dillon Thomas that “Van Gogh Alive” gave DCPA another opportunity to bring the arts to the community, rather than relying on the community to always come to the arts in downtown Denver. In its mission to expose as many people as possible to the arts, especially from diverse backgrounds, DCPA felt that the exhibition would be best suited for a setting like Stanley Market Place.
“It’s a unique type of immersive experience,” Ekeberg said.
The authors of the experiment created a way to bring movement and more to paintings of the 1800s. The artwork receives a sense of life as the animation of movement is added to the pieces.
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Some smells are added to the rooms to create the atmosphere. And, two different rooms allow visitors to physically touch each other and place themselves in recreated sets designed to imitate Van Gogh’s paintings.
“(The creators) are taking this very traditional art form and modernizing it using high resolution videos, animation, beautiful music to really bring it together into a complete experience that audience members get lost in,” Ekeberg said. “Van Gogh living is a very unique project for us. Generally, it is more common for us to sell tickets for theatrical events in fixed seat theaters. It’s an incredibly cool event where the audience, rather than sitting in a fixed seat, is allowed to wonder and explore throughout the experience.
People of all ages and backgrounds were seen immersing themselves in the exhibit.
“His work captures the imaginations of so many people from so many different backgrounds,” Ekeberg said. “The moving images and their immersion only capture the imagination of anyone. “
Van Gogh Alive will be at Stanley Market Place until September 26, 2021. CBS4 Denver is a proud media sponsor of DCPA. Tickets can be found here.
“Experiencing beauty in a way that we maybe didn’t have before is almost more relevant than ever,” Ekeberg said.
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