MUNKINATION: SECOND CHANCE
An immersive hiphopera and VR experience, which places the audience member at the centre of a futuristic adventure story about climate change. The project mixes musical styles and genres, combining live performance with a distinctive graphic world. ‘Munkination’ won the inaugural Royal Opera House/GUAP Immersive Opera Award in 2019.VR Hip-hop Opera
Munkination: Second Chance is an immersive opera experience designed for small audience groups to share a futuristic adventure story about climate change. The project mixes styles and genres, combining live performance with a distinctive graphic world in virtual reality and scored with a hybrid of hip hop and opera resulting in a radically new sound. The project is a crossover collaboration between visual artist and hip-hop producer HAM the Illustrator and opera director Isabelle Kettle. Audiences will enter a pop-up installation, flexibly designed to allow for different locations on tour.
Climate change and humankind’s impact on our planet is the predominant challenge facing society today. Munkination: Second Chance will take advantage of new innovations in immersive technology to enable a dialogue amongst artists and audiences about how our society can tackle this pressing issue to take place on a global stage, in a powerful and stimulating way.
Munkination: Second Chance is produced by Audience Labs at the Royal Opera House, which brings together pioneering artists and next generation immersive technologies to create new contemporary opera and ballet experiences for audiences across the world.
HAM the Illustrator, Illustrator and Music Producer
HAM is a freelance illustrator, rapper and music producer exploring ways art and storytelling impact youth culture and public perception. Currently developing Munkination: A Second Chance in partnership with the Royal Opera House, an immersive post-apocalyptic VR experience about climate change and the future of humanity.
Isabelle Kettle, Director of Opera, Royal Opera House
Isabelle Kettle is a British director of opera and theatre whose work has been produced in London and New York. She is the 2019/20 Jette Parker Young Artist Stage Director at the Royal Opera House.
Maf’j Alvarez, UX designer, Fusebox
Maf’j Alvarez is a UX designer, resident digital artist at Fusebox, Brighton & founder of Root Interactive, focusing on collaborative, interdisciplinary R & D of immersive reality experiences for the arts. Currently developing Holonspace; a framework for creatives to develop meaningful content in VR.
Annette Mees, Theatre Director, Royal Opera House
Annette Mees is an award-winning artist and immersive theatre director. She is known for her experiential work across art forms mixing live and digital experiences. She is currently the Head of Audience Labs; a new department at the Royal Opera House dedicated to creating new immersive experiences using new technology.