Lazarus in VR

David Bowie’s musical is being turned into a virtual reality experience
By CHARLES MCQUAID | Art | 13 April 2017

Photography Mick Rock

Lazarus, the stage musical featuring songs from the late David Bowie, is to become a virtual reality experience at the Victoria & Albert Museum later this month.

The experience will be part of the V&A’s 2017 performance festival and will consist of recordings from the show that was performed at London’s King Cross Theatre from 8th November 2016 to 22nd January 2017.

Michael C. Hall, who collected Bowie’s award for Best Solo Male Artist at the 2017 Brit Awards, will be featured alongside musical stars Amy Lennox and Sophia Anne Caruso. The footage is scheduled to be screened during a free event, From VHS to VR, which is held on the final day of the festival.

The curator of the National Video Archive of Performance, Emily Harris, will speak to the audience about how the recording was conceived as well as the past, present and future of capturing theatre on film. After a panel discussion the the virtual reality experience will begin.

The Performance Festival runs at the V&A from 21st–30th April. From VHS to VR runs at The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre on the 30th April.

Gallery: David Bowie by Mick Rock


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