Breathless Moment

An interactive music-dramatic app for smartphone and tablet
Electronic listening music

Breathless Moment is an interactive music-dramatic app developed by the artist duo Klejs & Rønsholdt, based on the antique story about Iphis and Anaxarete as told in Ovid’s Metamorphoses. It challenges the 500-year-old classical form of opera both in terms of media, format, and scale – in which it differs strongly from a ‘regular’ opera.

Unlike an opera in an opera house where the audience is placed far from the singers, with the app they are able to walk around on stage and zoom in on certain actions that take place. The audience can control angle, sounds and the length of the opera – although the content of the story will remain the same.

Metamorphoses is a story about the shepherd Iphis who is unhappily in love with the beautiful yet insensitive Anaxarete, and who ends up committing suicide when she refuses his advances. In the app the drama is divided into seven scenes, each scene consisting of a frozen moment. The app begins midway through the story and unfolds through the interaction of the audience who must assemble a 3D puzzle, to move forward in the story using their smartphones or tablets.

Breathless Moment is the world’s first opera as app. It is possible to download the app for smartphones and tablets for free. The project originally began as a research project in collaboration with The Royal Opera House in London. Breathless Moment is developed in collaboration with the Centre for Advanced Visualization and Interaction at Aarhus University and the DR Vocal Ensemble. The project is supported by the Danish Arts Foundation.

Download Breathless Moment in the App Store
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