Beginning in 2010, Theatre Engine has been mash-up of live dance, electronic music, mobile phones, and the audience. The actions and choices of each participant are an integral part of the performance – a unique theatrical experience, unlike anything seen before.
Theatre Engine focuses on relationship building through purposeful play; utilizing cellphones to facilitate performer-to-performer, performer-to-audience, and audience-to-audience dance exchanges. The performance goal is to lead the audience to full dance participation as a community. The technology provides a communication bridge for those hesitant to engage in partner and group activities; immersing individuals in group play by stepping them through a series of interactions with the dance performers including wordplay, imitation, drumming, controlling lights, and culminating in an invitation to move.