Today we’d like to introduce you to Timea Papp.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Timea. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was working as a choreographer for 20 years in all kinds of platforms. And founded Freelusion with two business partners. The world’s first video mapping company. I have been the artistic director until the fall of 2019 when I quit and became a freelance. We had great success on several TV shows 12 countries of Got Talents, and other talent shows, lots of corporate and sport event openings and closing, I have created shows for cruise ships and theaters. All with my vision of combining projected animation with live performers.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Having to learn ballet for eight years every day and all other dance genres in professional schools give you discipline for a lifetime. It was hard, a lot of sweat and tears daily, But there was an inner drive that kept me going. I was made for dance and will never give up. When I was in college to become a dance teacher, I have learned a lot of theories about dance techniques, a new approach and vision of what movements really are. I see the space around us differently, thanks to that. And who knew 15 years later that would be called virtual reality and that will become my signature artform with the combination of dance. In 2004, I had my first solo show with one projector and a pre-rendered animation on played from a CD. My friend did the graphics contained only dots and lines. It was a minimal but very expressive piece and I enjoyed every second of it. Creating and performing. The audience just couldn’t wrap their head around what exactly they saw. I went on TV shows and corporate events, later I hired more dancers and created even bigger shows.
And five years later, a new software came out that could project on any 3D surface following the shape. And not breaking up the image. This brought me to my business partners who had a video mapping company and used this (Mad Max) software. We created a company called Freelusion. We had lots of success along the way and traveled the world all continents. Around 30 countries. It is the best fun traveling with dancers and enjoys what you do. But challenges were there all the time, technically mostly or I was never satisfied with the animation really, we always lacked the time and couldn’t afford real great artists. My team was really little and was missing more creative minds and money to be able to workshop around new ideas and spend on development. My greatest challenge now is to find the right people who inspire me and likewise and can create amazing shows live and in virtual spaces.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am freelance now. But with my company Freelusion – that I left for new challenges and to find creative, inspiring new people- we had great moments. We were the best dance act on America’s Got Talent in 2015. We worked on Criss Angels Show in Las Vegas (a must see!!!) Worked on Dancing With The Stars live tour. And with TLC who were my favorites back in the 90’s. There are more and more companies copying our shows and ideas. As much as it is frustrating, it is honoring. Specially one of Beyonce’s performance had way too many similarities. So I would say coming from dancing and learning to see the space around me differently made me a Creative Director Specialized in Multimedia. I create shows that involve interactive animation or film with live performers. There are only a handful of us out there in the whole world and me doing it for 16 years non-stop makes me probably the most experienced as well.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
There is never just one moment. Ok, hearing the judges on America’s Got Talent raving about my work and standing O felt pretty good. Also, it was shockingly amazing to see my files gathered and printed out for my green card at my lawyer and it was like two fat phonebooks. That is my life and my achievements. Going through it, I felt for the first time oh my, I have worked so much, achieved so much never ever stopped to tap myself on the shoulder great job. So that was that one time. But the happiest times are always when an idea hits me. That is when I feel the reason to be here and that I am grateful to receive these amazing pictures.