The Five Tribes Experience
The Five Tribes Project is a unique immersive experience composed of three parts : a book, a game and a show.
The Five Tribes Experience
The Five Tribes Project is a unique immersive experience composed of three parts : a book, a game and a show.
The Five Tribes - The Human Memory (Volume I) is a unique 3-winged immersive experience: a mesmerizing book, a game throughout the city, and an immersive live show. Experience the story: begin the journey to find your inner child by taking part in the immersive and interactive novel. Find out which tribe you belong to and go on an adventure with the app. Take part of the immersive events and games: travel throughout the city of London and face challenges. Interact, dance and party with the Tribes and let yourself be captivated by the electrifying Celebration. Let the Five Tribes Experience take you to a world 1,000 years from now, where the arts of storytelling, drawing, movement, music, and light are all vibrations connected to nature.
WHAT IS THE FIVE TRIBES EXPERIENCE?
A shared scenario...
In the beginning, there was Earth and there was Sky: they were in love, so close but so far. In order to connect their subtle energies, they created a special being with a sharp conscience: thus was born Man. For a time they lived in complete harmony, but Man soon broke his promise and started to poison Earth’s resources. Century after century, Earth fell seriously ill. Sky was angry and decided to take all they had given to Man away.
17th June 2023: a virus spreads all over the world and causes the death of almost all humanity. In London, however, a group of a hundred survivors, lead by a speleologist called Jacques Bodoin and an ethnologist called Otaka Tiki, find a way through a forgotten room from the 19th century, under the underground station Bank.
Deep under Earth’s surface, they uncover a prophecy that announces Life has given a second chance to humankind. Guided by Silina - the only child conceived on the outside and born underground - now, they will have to work on the improvement of their consciousness, to avoid making the same mistakes all over again.
The story starts a thousand years after the virus, in the underground city that the survivors named Renaissance. This new community expresses itself and develops thanks to an educational system based on five tribes’ philosophy. Dance, drums, words, and symbols have become the pillars of their social organization.
For several years, however, the crystals lighting up their city are dying down one by one, thus threatening again mankind’s survival. Peter and Ôwa, two young Dakhin (inhabitants of Renaissance), leave their cave in search of adventure without realizing that their quest will lead them to discover their people’s origins.
The Five Tribes - Human Memory is the first of three futuristic tales taking place in a unique fantasy world and tackling a few of our current society’s matters: how to (re)think the way we live together; how to put education and social values first; how to use arts as a way of improving our consciousness?
...developed in 3 parts
The Five Tribes - The Human Memory, is the first volume of a social sci-fi book trilogy, based on the utopian dream of humanity’s Rebirth. It’s the result of a collaborative writing adventure, implemented by Emmanuel Exbrayat, who wish to make a significant and unique contribution to augmented literature.
Indeed, this book is part of a new kind of immersive experience. It’s a three-winged triptych transmedia that aims at thoroughly involved its audience and let them be a part of the adventure; reading included. Halfway between a fantasy novel and a you-are-the-hero book (a well-liked genre of literature developed in the 1990’s), this first volume will allow you to both fully live the adventure with the characters, and to choose your own path inside the story.
The app connected to the book
The concept of augmented literature is developed through an app, based on the following system: at the bottom of every page, you’ll find a QR code that you can scan with your phone, and that will lead you to a specific part of the app. This one will sum up the page’s topics and give you more details.
Let’s take a practical example: you are reading a description of Renaissance when you suddenly come across the name of a fantastic creature you’d like to learn more about. You only have to scan the QR code at the bottom of the page and the app will describe that animal - its physical appearance, its origins, its relationship with the inhabitants...
It’s very likely that when you read the book, you’ll want to know more about a topic that is not developed in the app. In that case, don’t worry, there are several possibilities. First, you can ask the authors and the community to look into that element and to create a new description.
Secondly, you can put yourself in the shoes of an author and let your imagination run wild while writing your very own description. Your suggestion will then be submitted to the community, who will decide whether or not it should be added to the app. Finally, the last way you can contribute to the story and its progress would be to imagine what's going to happen next in Renaissance and for its people, or what you would like to read and post that in our forum. Each suggestion will be examined, in order to, hopefully, be included in the second volume of the trilogy.
That second step of the experience will be divided into three parts: first, a quiz that will tell you to which tribe you belong to. Then on the day of the Celebration, the app will help you to travel throughout the city of London and lead you to the venue where the show takes place. Once here, the traditional challenges faced with the help of the other Dakhin.
Thanks to the book, you will be able to mentally dive into the city of Renaissance. The game, however, will guide you into a concrete world. Indeed, when logging for the first time on the app, you’ll fill up a profile that will tell you to which of the five tribes you belong to, according to your personality and your skills.
This assignation will have an impact on the way you’ll live the full experience, which is different whether you’re a member of the words or the percussions tribe, for example.
Learning more about Renaissance and your tribe
Once your profile complete, you will start receiving videos through the app. They will give you a better knowledge of the city in which your tribe grows, the different roles you’ll have and the Learnings taught by the Masters & teachers of Renaissance.
They will also contain some precious elements necessary for you to go further in the game, and essential keys to face and triumph from the challenges that await you.
The Celebration day
On the afternoon of the Celebration, you will have one first goal: find and puzzle out clues in London, lead by the app, to reach the venue where the rest of game and the show will take place.
Once you get to that secret venue, you’ll leave behind you the city of London and will enter the heart of Renaissance city. You will be right on time to take part in the Celebration traditional events, which allows all the citizens to party once a year, as told in the book. As a member of a particular tribe, you will have to join members of other tribes to use your physical and mental abilities to succeed the challenges. Your success depends on your ability to use the Learnings you received before, to use wisely the clues spread out in the videos and to cooperate with the other Renaissance inhabitants.
Those challenges will obviously allow you to spend a great time, but also, at another deeper level, to work on your fears, to understand others better, even to understand you better, just like the five tribes teachings. Once all the challenges are over, you’ll be able to enjoy well-deserved cocktails, right from the (quite eccentric) mind of a Dakhin inventor named Héon.
The last step of this experience is the show that will take place on the evening of the Celebration. You’ll play the part of an inhabitant of Renaissance, a member of a specific tribe, and will wear the traditional costume and makeup. With the other Dakhin participating in the experience, you’ll attend a rather unique Celebration: the heroes of the book, gone from the city for an entire year, have just returned and they have a message for you.
Inside the hexagonal structure and in the venue, the protagonists of The Five Tribes - The Human Memory will talk to you and you to them, whether you meet them in person or on a screen. Silina, Peter, Owa, and the Builders Jacques Bodoin and Otaka Tiki will tell you the Dakhin’s story and the secret of their origins. Peter and Owa will give rhythm to the Celebration, playing a hybrid kind of music between electronic sounds and shamanic vibes on strange musical instruments.
Why organizing this exceptional premiere only for the backers?
This first performance will mark the beginning of what we hope will be a long tour. But it’s also the chance for us to confront our work to the outside world, to our audience, to you. That’s why we want to show you where we’re at so far; so that your feedback helps us make the experience as good as possible.
WHO'S BEHIND THE FIVE TRIBES EXPERIENCE?
Perlimpinpin Designers: a well-established Limited company
Perlimpinpin Designers is a Limited Company created by Emmanuel Exbrayat. Until 2011, he owned a company specialized in serious games and educative games for other companies.
He started Perlimpinpin Designers on his own before being joined by his girlfriend Aurélie. He specialized in business services, not only with serious games but by creating interactive exhibitions, in recycling centers for instance. Their aim is to make children and adults aware of the way a recycling center works.
For six years now, Emmanuel has been developing a new field of activity, focused on an immersive show mixing Perlimpinpin Designers’ technologies and his love for music and fantasy stories. That’s how The Five Tribes Experience was born.
The evolution of the project
The Five Tribes Experience is the result of an endless thought process, driving its creator to always make it better. That’s why it went through three separate phases before becoming what we’ve just talked about: The Ghost Friends, Peter, and the London Kids, and finally Personal Legend.
It reinforces the idea that it’s not just a show, but a completely new experience which is the result of six years of really hard work.
The current team
We are a small team of French people living in London, trying our best to stay independent. For years, Emmanuel has been employing people who have specific skills - such as video mapping, costume making or book writing - in order to see this quite crazy but innovative project.
Like all the small Limited Companies, having a small team is a necessity as well as a choice, and it means that the project is only financed thanks to the Company’s own funds. However, it also allows us to have an unprecedented freedom of creation without making any compromise.
WHY IS THIS PROJECT UNLIKE ANYTHING YOU'VE EXPERIENCED BEFORE?
A full experience that leads its participants through a journey in both the real world and their own imagination
This project is a triptych and each one of its aspects can be thought of separately. Indeed, they are all independent: no need to participate to all of them to understand one or two of them.
But what makes this project truly original is the way those different steps complete one another, creating a fully immersive spectatorial experience, each step unraveling a new part of a story.
The journey begins at home when you grab the book and start reading its pages, thus discovering Renaissance and the world of its inhabitants. It goes on in the streets of London where you’ll meet your traveling companions, members of your own tribe. Then, it continues in the premiere’s venue where you’ll dive into Renaissance itself and go through its traditional challenges. Finally, the show will be the culmination of the Celebration and complete the first volume of the experience’s story.
Adding to the originality of the experience, it’s important for The Five Tribes’ team to lean toward technological innovation. This is what allows us to submit a different kind of adventure to you, different from your typical escape game or show.
This mix between art and new technology can be seen in different parts of the show, such as the use of unique musical instruments created by Emmanuel. The oldest one was there at the beginning of the project: it’s the luminous crystal that gives its name to the first volume of the experience, The Human Memory. It’s made of polystyrene and composed of two blocks of thirteen crystals. On each crystal’s side, you can find LEDs stripes and the ten biggest crystals are equipped with sensors associated with a specific sound and lighting up the LEDs.
The second unique instrument is what Emmanuel calls “a new kind of harp”. On every side of that prism-shaped harp are sensors thanks to which a great number of notes can be played. This design and the sensors on the higher and lower part of the instrument means that the player will have to use his or her entire body to reach the desired notes.
Last but not least, what may be the most important innovative aspect of the project is how it’s not only entertainment but it also tackles serious matters.
Our goal is to create an experience that will get you involved on every level, physically, mentally and also creatively. Today, the majority of shows or experiences out there don’t let their participants enough space to be creatively active and to share with others. That’s not what you’ll find with us.
The Five Tribes Experience allows a new kind of both liberty and involvement in an entertainment project: you’ll be what makes it grow, alongside with others that share the same interests - sci-fi, music, theater, creative writing and many more.
WHAT'S IN THERE, FOR ME AND FOR THE OTHER BACKERS?
What will my money be used for?
A unique immersive experience needs to be thought of, to be built and organized, which of course involves a lot of money. So what makes this particular project expensive, and how is your contribution crucial in its making?
First, it’s important to say that the aim of this Kickstarter is not to help design the different parts of the experience (the book, the game, and the show). They have indeed been developed throughout the years and self-financed thanks to Emmanuel’s dedication and hard work for Perlimpinpin Designers.
However, we wish to use the backers’ money to organize the premiere of The Five Tribes Experience, with the hope it will lead to many other performances in the future. So what your money will help finance is the whole organization of the event: renting a venue, light and sound equipment, building the stage set, printing the first copies of the book...
Of course, if we get more money than what we ask for, it would help support the cost of the next performances to come. It is still a dream at the moment though, so let’s move on to what you’ll be able to get if you decide to contribute!
Like any good Kickstarter, we have imagined a few interesting rewards depending on the kind of contribution you’ll make.
Beyond the rewards
Now that you are aware of the kind of goodies and material rewards you can get by helping to fund the project, let's see a bit further.
Beyond the obvious advantage to possess those things, your participation can give you more than that. Indeed, if you want, your contribution can lead to you joining the fantasy world of Renaissance and the Dakhin, in which you’ll play an important role.
Our team’s dream is to manage to instill some of the peace and some of the means leading to an improved consciousness similar to the Dakhin’s into our current society. This idea could sound quite utopian but it comes from a fact more of us are acknowledging: the world we live in and our well-being is constantly jeopardized by our tendency to destroy the environment that allows it.
That’s why contributing to our project and being there for the premiere gives you a special place: like us members of The Five Tribes’ Team, you’ll be breaking new ground.
We do understand that you might have a small income, and in that case, we want you to know that every contribution is important, and we are grateful to all backers the exact same way. If you really can’t afford a financial participation but you are thrilled by the concept and you’d like to help, we only have one word for you: SHARE! Post on social media, talk to your friends and family about it, follow us on Instagram @thefivetribes_experience or on our Facebook page, get in touch to give us your opinion and ideas...
You, and only you will make that premiere and the rest of this project happen.
Try and check quite often our News tab, for we’ll be posting lots of update on our progress!
Risks and challenges
Every entertainment project has risks involving production and distribution. We are experience makers and our challenge is to be able to offer to as many people as possible the possibility to participate in The Five Tribes Experience.
However, we know it might be difficult, we might face obstacles we didn't think of. That's what artistic creation and organizing an event imply.
Be assured that we'll do our very best to meet your needs and if not, to keep you satisfy anyway.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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