Philipp Oberlohr

Das Fest

Philipp Oberlohr’s thrilling new production Das Fest at the VAULT FESTIVAL. Content supplied by Chloe Nelkin consulting.

Crossing between illusion and theatre, Philipp Oberlohr’s thrilling new production Das Fest is the surreal sequel to his interactive Das Spiel, which premiered at Ovalhouse and sold out at VAULT Festival in 2016 winning the People’s Choice Award.  Das Fest meaningfully engages audiences, delving into their beliefs, memories and realities.

Philipp Oberlohr studied theology (AUT) and physical theatre (UK).

He has been performing as an illusionist for more than 15 years. Philipp creates experiences using mind-reading, illusions and physical and immersive theatre. In the crossover of magic and theatre he meaningfully engages audiences, going to the heart of their beliefs, memories and realities.

His work is humorous, purposeful and exciting. Over the past decade, Philipp’s work has spanned from one-on-one installations to performances for 500 people. From site-specific experiences to interactive theatre

(séance. an interactive illusion, UK/AUT), his work has toured to the Barbican Centre, Arcola Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Ovalhouse London, to Austria, Hungary and Germany to critical acclaim.

Das Fest is a mindreading experience, celebrating the past and the future of the attendees.

Oberlohr could select anyone from the audience – he doesn’t know who will be chosen or what memories they will bring.  It could be anybody.  This mind-blowing production combines new methods of storytelling, live art, clowning, physical theatre and illusions in a way that will knock you off your feet.

Described as Austria’s Derren Brown (The Independent) and Vienna’s Master Illusionist (Metro), illusionist and performer Philipp Oberlohr creates experiences that border between theatre and performance art.

Oberlohr comments, ‘In Das Fest, I want to create a visual prediction, creating images that describe memories of the audience, before they even decide on one.

The audience gets this experience of being seen.  It is quite something to have somebody take a look at you and describe one of your childhood memories; this is something that I consider a human need, the need to be seen by others. I’m working on Das Fest in the best environment possible: VAULT Festival.

They don’t allow me to be conservative. Only conservative of the good things.’

Das Fest

Wednesday 28th February – Sunday 4th March

VAULT Festival
The Vaults
Leake Street
London SE1 7NN

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