Immersive lab for Innovation in Theatre making and Archive (ILITA)


ILITA investigates performing arts, technology and society. Designed as an interactive, collaborative research project with a broad network of artists, theatres, technology specialists/ producers, consultants, researchers and universities, primarily in Denmark with an international network.

ILITA researches and develops projects and new innovative work around mainstream and XR technology in the practice (the training room), in the creative creation process (in the rehearsal room) and in the immersive story telling process (in the archive room).

Democratizing access to technology and experimentation, by spreading hands on experiences of the latest technologies to performing artists through trainings, residencies, R&Ds, pilots making and networking sessions is one key area in the process of this investigation and development.

Digitally architect the archive experience as an on going immersive experience through customizing an XR ILITA archive toolbox. Bringing old and new stories of the Odin Teatret / NTL archive or its building, its whispering walls, rooms, books, performances, trainings, masks, objects, voices, visitors amongst others (which for ILITA is the living archive) to audiences far away, or close by in a new artistic way using the XR archive tool box, is another key investigation.

ILITA is founded in 2020 as a legacy and strategic development project by Dina Abu Hamdan in conversation with Per Bech Jensen- director of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium. 



ILITA webinar - Network meeting I 

The first ILITA webinar that took place in Feb 2021 which gathered a new network of creatives, festival presenters, theatre makers, thinkers, producers and academics working at the junction of the performing arts and immersive tech across Europe and beyond.  The webinar hosted presentations and discussions on the works, platform and technology choices, shaping narratives and relationship to the audience. 

The ILITA webinar was organized by ILITA project of Nordisk Teaterlaboratorium - Odin Teatret and co-presented and facilitated by ILITA - Dina Abu Hamdan (DK),  The Performance Corporation - Jo Mangan (IRL), Makropol and the XR Black Box - Mads Damsbo & Jakob la Cour (DK), with the support of The Arts Council Ireland and Danish Statens Kunstfond.




See the trailer