MK ULTRA is a highly visual production with an eye-catching glossy aesthetic. We needed a set designer with an eye for creating a world onstage that would draw the audience into this Illuminati-led industry bubble, so we asked Louis Price, a film director experienced in creating projections and visuals for dance, theatre and opera.
Since graduating from Central St Martin’s School of Art, Louis has become Director of November Films and has created visuals for stage productions at HOME, Theatre Royal Stratford East, BBC Proms, Royal Festival Hall, Barbican, among many more. He was also a member of the creative team that worked on Rosie Kay Dance Company’s last production, the award-winning 5 Soldiers.
Here are some snapshots from Louis’ projections that will be displayed on the giant triangle at the back of the stage:
This is what Louis had to say about working behind the scenes on MK ULTRA, his approach to the visuals and what it was that attracted him to the show:
“The subject of MK ULTRA is fascinating, as it looks at the hidden meanings and esoteric things that stare us in the face daily, but on the surface we ignore. It seemed like fun to dive into the subject matter of conspiracy theory, madness, and popular culture. Rosie’s choreography is also really fun to create imagery for, as it is layered with meaning, but also excellent to watch.
The video imagery for this show has to help the narrative of the piece along, as well as trip up the audience from time to time. The imagery is projected onto a huge triangle, so its been very challenging and also fun to design material that fits into this unusual shape. I’ve been raiding vaults of archive material, fan-made GIF’s, newly generated animations, colours and textures to give life to the triangle, and turn it into its own character!
The sheer exuberance of the imagery that we are calling on for this show lifts it above other live projects I’ve worked on. We are creating our own dark terrain of pop imagery, hypnosis, documentary interludes, chaos theory, and emotional abstraction.”
Tickets for the premiere of MK ULTRA on 17 & 18 March can be purchased here: https://www.birmingham-rep.co.uk/whats-on/mk-ultra.html
Details for the other tour dates are here: http://mkultra.dance/tour-info/