In Mickey Mouse’s 90th anniversary, The Vaults in Waterloo has been running an immersive experience all summer called Sounds and Sorcery, paying homage to
Disney’s FANTASIA. Inspired by the classic 1940 film, a series of unique installations and multi-sensory experiences brings to life some of the world’s most iconic classical music to
Wearing individual headphones, the orchestra guide guests on a unique interactive journey. Each space reveals a fantastical environment using a combination of cutting edge binaural sound, 3D projections, elaborate set designs and dazzling lighting effects to reimagine the many worlds of Disney Fantasia. Under the musical direction of
Stephen Higgins, a 96-piece orchestra has created a new recording especially for the
experience, featuring the 8 diverse classical pieces of music from the original film including The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, The Rite of Spring, Night on Bald Mountain and Nutcracker Suite.
Kieron Vanstone, Director of The Vaults, and Producer of Sounds and Sorcery, said:
“When we first began exploring the world of Disney Fantasia, we knew instinctively that
this was the next epic scale immersive project for us. For some time we’d been exploring the use of headphones, and specifically binaural technology, as a technique for plunging our audiences deeper into the worlds we create. Fantasia is such an inspiring, iconic movie that truly features some of the most excellent music that has ever been scored. We were incredibly inspired by what Walt Disney and his animators achieved with this music in the original movie, and our immersive take on it will aim to be as ground-breaking, just as inspirational and sprinkled with the same amount of wonderful.”
Sounds and Sorcery is directed by Daisy Evans, the founder and Artistic Director of Silent Opera whose work focuses on the use of headphones to bring classical music to new audiences. Design for the production has been created by Kitty Callister in collaboration with a variety of artists who have created the installations including David Gregory Sound Designer, Doug Foster Video Designer, Jake Wiltshire Lighting Designer and Andy George Production Manager.
So, prepare to dance with a funky hippo that will leave you in a celestial spin, walk in a
prehistoric wasteland to give you goose bumps, seek out the fish and the fairies in a forest
of ethereal dreams and, if you dare, sneak into the Sorcerer’s lair. You’ve got until 30th September to experience this grand mixture of comedy, fantasy, ballet, drama, impressionism, colour, sound and epic fury.
For more information visit www.thevaults.london/sounds-and-sorcery-celebrating-fantasia