Winged Bull takes flight

17th February 2018

Control room at National Gallery

Above is the temporary control room we have built for the weekend of 17-19 February at London’s National Gallery. We are shooting a complex and ambitious Performance Live film titled Winged Bull in the Elephant Case which will be shown on BBC Two in early March as part of BBC Television’s Civilisations Festival.

Here’s the outline from the press release for that project:

As the Second World War broke out and bombs menaced London, the National Gallery’s art collection was evacuated to Snowdonia, buried for safe-keeping deep in the Manod slate mines. Winged Bull in the Elephant Case dramatises the journey of a lost painting that takes human form, as it strives, with help from its friends, to get back to the National Gallery. Combining extraordinary dance forms, filmed underground and in the National Gallery, this immersive performance for the screen questions how far we should go to preserve our cultural heritage in the face of violence and aggression.

Winged Bull in the Elephant Case is produced by Studio Wayne McGregor. The production is written and directed by Robin Friend, directed by Wayne McGregor CBE, and the live screen director is Rhodri Huw. The music is composed by Joel Cadbury.

The programme features new choreography by Wayne McGregor, Charlotte Edmonds, Botis Seva and Bonetics. The programme is part of the Performance Live strand – a collaboration between Arts Council England, BBC Arts, and Battersea Arts Centre which brings some of the most innovative live theatre, dance, comedy and spoken word to BBC television.

The Executive Producer for the BBC is Emma Cahusac and the Strand Producers are Battersea Arts Centre and Andrew Fettis.

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