Royce Ng
' A lecture performance on virtual presence using spectacular technology '

What does 'presence' mean now that new technologies are enabling us to be almost anywhere at any time? The Hongkong-based media artist Royce Ng is present from a distance. On stage is a local performer on which Royce's body is projected. His presence is virtual, while he is physically absent. As the lecture performance progresses, the different media start to glitch and fail. The technology gradually takes the upper hand while the onstage avatar fades into the atmosphere. What remains is a shining little dot and the uncertain question: was Royce here, or wasn’t he?

"Somewhere between the by now almost vintage experience of Second Life and old-school social media platforms on the one hand, and independent Artificial Intelligence on the other, Royce Ng challenges us to consider what is real and what is not in our social presence. Where does our material life end, and our digital presence begin?" - Grzegorz Reske, artistic director SPRING

In our digital magazine Royce Ng tells more about his performance and its execution. Read it via this link:

Text & Direction: Royce Ng
Local Performer: Stina Fors
Remote Performer: Royce Ng
Stage & Light Design: Michele Piazzi
Stage Assistant: Benedetta Monetti
Sound Design: John Bartley
Animations: Zheng Mahler Studio
Technical Direction: Michele Piazzi
Programming: Alvaro Cassinelli
Production Management: Stéphane Noël
Produced by: Royce Ng & Materialise (HK), in co-production with Zürcher Theaterspektakel (CH), Kampnagel - International Center for Finer Arts and Produktionshäuser Deutschland (Hamburg / DE), Ob/scene Festival (Seoul  / KR), Taipei Performing Arts Center (Taipei / TW), and Kaserne Basel (CH).
Supported by: the IMPACT program of the Théâtre de Liège, with the financial support of the Rayonnement Wallonie grant, an initiative of the Walloon Government, operated by ST'ART SA. Hardware and software support provided by Alvaro Cassinelli and the Augmented Materiality Lab, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong.
Realised thanks to an artistic residency hosted by: Emilia Romagna Teatro Fondazione (Bologna / IT).


16/05/2022 19:00 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list

17/05/2022 19:00 tickets sold out cancelled Waiting list


€17,- / €14,-*


Theater Kikker, Grote Zaal


SPRING 2022 


Duration: 45 minutes

Language: English, with Dutch and English surtitles



Please note: contains stroboscopic effect, sudden light- and sound change, loud and shrill sound and water clouds

*online prices, €2,- addition at the Box Office

After both performances there will be a 10 minutes 10 questions arfter talk in the hall


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