The Caligari Experience

Experience cinema like never before.
From a German township back in the early 1900s, a magical circus has travelled the crooked streets of time to present to you its curious wares… Whispered about across the decades, re-imagined inside the madhouses of Europe, dreamed in the night-visions of sleepwalkers…

    The Caligari Experience strikes a contemporary note at a time of Expressionist revival and answers the growing appetite for original, multi-sensory performance experiences.

    The show presents silent-cinema classic The Cabinet of Dr Caligari in triple screen panorama, around which a 3D projection-mapped set allows the scenes of this beautifully realised film to expand out into the space. These exquisitely created environments (created through original techniques of handpainting, digitizing and animating for projection) unfold via digital mapping, pulling the audience into the crooked Gothic world of the film. Within this immersive setting the cast perform, peopling the film’s streets and spaces with physical theatre, circus, dance and aerial pieces that extend and explore the films atmosphere, energy and nuances.

    Weaving together all of these visual elements is the atmospheric soundscape of Minima’s avant-garde score, synthesising electric guitar, cello, bass and drums into a fusion that is at times psychedelic, with movements that are beautiful and haunting.

  • About Compass

    With seven years experience delivering arts festivals, bespoke events, festival stages and interactive installations Compass Presents now unveil their first theatrical show. The Caligari Experience is unique in its cross-discipline approach.

  • Performers

    Our cast of ten performers, trained by some of the best in their fields across UK and Europe, boast disciplines that range from classical and contemporary dance, physical theatre, contortion, mime, aerial and circus.

  • Minima

    With an International following and an extensive film-score repertoire, Minima's music is an audacious 21st-century interpretation of the images of silent and avant-garde film.

  • Limbic Cinema

    Having wowed worldwide audiences as diverse as the Cultural Olympiad, Pictoplasma Berlin, and festivals including Glastonbury, Limbic Cinema's work with projection, light and movement is truly innovative in its blurring of the lines between live performance and cinema.