Friday, April 12, 2019 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This experience requires in-person sign-up for a time slot at the venue on April 12.

Witness, understand and empathize life as a captive African transitioning to the Americas through the middle passage in this powerful virtual reality immersion project.

The virtual reality immersion project “The Middle Passage Experience: African Captivity in Brazil, 1750-1850” documents the transitional period from Africa to the Americas. The ship journey from Elmina Castle in Ghana to Salvador, Bahia (Brazil) took between forty and fifty days from Luanda, Angola to Rio de Janeiro. This six to seven-week period was essential in transforming the captive’s body and mind from free to newly enslaved person.

In this interactive VR, participants are first presented to Elmina castle. They line up with other captives as they enter the ships. Participants may interact with others while in line, though the majority of the experience takes place on the ship. As a matter of survival, participants must make choices. They may do a variety of things, including winning favor by cleaning the deck, make a friend, steal food, and so on. The ship stories are based on research obtained from visual and archival materials, the database, and the numerous primary accounts from African captives, creoles, elite, ship captains, and ship logs.

Learn more about the event and reserve your tickets here.

UCF Celebrates the Arts is an annual showcase of creativity, innovation and collaboration, featuring performers and artists from across the university. Highlights of the 2019 festival include a Tony Award-winning musical, ensemble and chamber concerts, opera, family events, living art and much more! We hope you celebrate with us! #ArtsAtUCF


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UCF School of Performing Arts Box Office 407-823-1500


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