LA Times goes behind the scenes of tomorrow’s Natal event [Update]

Saturday, 12 June 2010 22:17 GMT By Stephany Nunneley

Cirque du Soleil

Update: The broadcast schedule for the Natal Event has been posted at the bottom.

Original: The LA Times has gotten a sneak-peek from Microsoft on what to expect during tomorrow nights’ Natal Experience event at the Galen Center.

According to the article, Cirque du Soleil will be performing a 45-minute number based on how Natal helps one “overcome obstacles”.

“It’s a story about humanity, about a quest and about overcoming obstacles,” said Michel Lapris, the artistic director for Cirque du Solei. “In history, there have been discoveries that have made us leap forward as a civilization. But those technologies demanded that we master their language, the language of machines.

“This time, it’s the machine that’s adapting. The human is at the center, doing what comes naturally. Moving, jumping, talking. And it’s up to the machine to interpret what that means.”

A cast of 80 performers along with a crew of over 100 designers, set builders, engineers and seamstresses came down from the troupe’s Montreal studios to prepare for the event.

“This is a massive investment for Microsoft,” said Aaron Greenberg. “For us, it wasn’t about the money. It was about creating an experience that would be remembered forever.”

Pat will be at the event, and while we’ve been told that no cameras or other electronic devices will be allowed, the show will be broadcast live and anything that happens of interest will be posted on the site.

So, regardless, we will be covering it.

Here’s the broadcast schedule in case anyone got confused over the announcement from May – and this is straight from Microsoft PR:

  • Sunday, June 13, 7 PM PT: World Premier of Project Natal for Xbox 360, broadcast live via Spike TV and GTTV
  • Monday, June 14, 11:30 AM PT: Xbox 360 E3 media briefing, broadcast live via Spike TV and GTTV
  • Tuesday, June 15, 1:30 PM ET: MTV airs World Premier of Project Natal for Xbox 360 (previously recorded at the Sunday night performance, not live)

All companies listed are owned by Viacom, which owns MTV, GTTV, Spike, Nickelodeon, etc.

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