Maf’j Alvarez imagines entering a surrealist painting in her virtual reality experience Eva Quantica, a dreamlike bubble of lockdown Brighton as an open world to explore the various simultaneous dancing versions of Eve.

Hands for hills, a cupcake pavilion, platforms, statues, depictions of people and the glowing lifeforce surging through everything.

Commissioned by the National Gallery, London, as part of National Gallery X and Audience Labs at the Royal Opera House in March 2021 Supported by King’s College London Inspiration from Crivelli’s Gardens, by Paula Rego and using the motion capture data of Eve, choreographed by Kristen McNally.

The piece is about female power, patriarchy, immigration, tradition and obligation. Maf’j explores technology as an agent of power for women and its consequences and wants to challenge the rules that always apply. The commission is experimental and explores embodiment with motion capture, she says

“As a recently divorced mother of two teenage sons I am also transitioning with a new set of perspectives and tools as I question my own gender and sexuality. My ability to be creatively, financially and technologically independent is both liberating and frightening due to the obligation like Eve, to do something with it that is meaningful and impactful whilst nourishing and protecting myself and my family.”

This event is suitable for ages 13 and over. The experience lasts 20 minutes with a choice of comfort settings for those who may suffer from motion sickness.

Where: Mezzanine Landing

When: 10:00am – 4:00pm

Entry: Suggested donation £5
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Booking: Spaces are limited and are allocated on a first come, first served basis. Please register on the day with a BWC volunteer outside the room where the workshop will take place. Registration will open 30 minutes before the session starts.

*Our women only spaces at IWD are open to ALL self-identifying women.