The company's latest endeavor, Flux Capacitor Avatars, explores the impact of video games on contemporary culture. Walking the line between fantasy and reality, five dancers will take the stage as physically tangible warriors who embody the five Chinese elements of earth, metal, water, wood, and fire, while their virtual counterparts (animated movements that also correspond to the elements) are projected above and behind them. Artistic Director Lomask, who conceived and choreographed the piece, collaborated with a studio that works in motion capture (a technology that represents motion in three-dimensional space) to create this visceral juxtaposition between real-life heroism and the heroism of the digital age.
Capacitor's work is nothing if not complex: Its evening-length compositions often resemble poetry in their deft representations of thought and emotion. The company's mission of fusion extends beyond its material, attracting everyone from sit-down theater crowds to late-night ravers. Avatars (which means "incarnations" in Sanskrit) appears in a traditional theater setting for its early shows; later performances happen in a dance-club setting, interspersed with DJ sets of techno and house music. A performance-art installation by Vainglorious at the entrance inducts all comers into the otherworldly ceremonies.