An interdisciplinary project, researching how live performance and interactive technology can induce altered states of consciousness.

A multi-sensory media performance, creating altered states through a combination of shamanistic ritual practice and experimental technologies. Transcendence takes its audience on a journey through mind and spirit, altering perception through interactive lights and visuals, 3D sound design, dance, live vocals, character design, scents and cacao. It draws inspiration from the far edges of human consciousness, the latest scientific research and ancient spiritual practices.

2021/09 Art in Flux @ The National Gallery x (London, UK) 2020/02 Immensiva Festival @ Espronceda Institute (Barcelona, ES) 2019/10 Translate @ Village Underground (Lisbon, PT) 2019/09 Art residency @ Watermans Arts Centre (London, UK) 2019/08 Breaking convention @ Greenwich University (London, UK) 2018/05 Splice Festival @ Rich Mix Theatre (London, UK) 2018/06 Art in Flux @ Ugly Duck (London, UK) 2018/07 EVA Conference @ British Computer Society (London, UK) 2017/07 Breaking Convention @ Greenwich University (London, UK)

Direction Maria Almena Tech. direction Nestor Rubio Photographer Sophie Le Roux Production Jelica Obician, Liz de Fleur Tech. assistant Terry Clark Sound design Jose Macabra Costume design Maria Almena MUA & Headpieces Susana Rodero (Kimatica) Choreographers Tania Soubry, Barbara Pugliese Vocalists Barbara Pugliese, Assia Ghendir, Barbora Patkova, Matilda Rose Performers Mark Carberry, Bianca Darkwoods, Assia Ghendir, Barbora Patkova, Matilda Rose Shaman Anthea Durand Fire pit Joana Palma


Working with a team of psychologists, neuroscientists, technologists and artists, Transcendence is an unique, interdisciplinary project exploring uncharted terrain in both science and performance. With a renewed scientific interest in the positive effect of altered states, this project contributes to the wider global research.

We are reclaiming the therapeutic power of the arts as an incredibly useful tool for introspection and interconnectedness, responding to the existential crisis worldwide and the loss of spirituality and connection in Western culture. Our vision is to create a network of specialists in art, therapy and technology who can co-create transformative experiences and redefine immersive therapies for the coming years.