Ravi Deepres and Wayne McGregor collaborated on the direction and creation of the film and photographic animation sequences for the opening of The Brit Awards 2016 which lit up London with a stunning visual display which opened the showpiece event. Deepres collaborated with his talented core team of Steven Spencer and Luke Unsworth to create the multi-screen sequences featuring specially shot footage of presenters and Ant and Dec, dancers from Studio WayneMcGregor and The Brits School and students from Birmingham City University. The dancers were choreographed wearing incredible costumes designed by Philip Pugh together with Stuart Price’s intensifying music and designer Es Devlin’s wonderfully fragmented zoetrope section screens. Theses became the canvas for a stunning interactive cross art form spectacle. Screens became dancers, dancers became screens.
Presenters Ant and Dec and a series of dancers were transformed using live action, photographic stop motion and 3D laser scanning techniques which were projected onto dozens of screens to create an immersive multi screen animation across the 20,000 seater venue.
The displays which showed zoetrope style sequences were intercut with a 1920’s film sequence featuring Ant and Dec also wowed millions of viewers tuned in on TV screens across the country. The ideas for the piece were inspired by Muybridge, Jules etienne Maray and Vertov’s “Man with a movie camera’. We used a direct replica of Vertov’s camera which became a centrepiece interactive prop for the filming with Ant and Dec.
FULL CREDITS FOR BRITS OPENING SEQUENCE:
Choreography and Direction Of Brits Opening – Wayne McGregor
Screen Content Direction and Creation – Ravi Deepres in collaboration with Steven Spencer and Luke Unsworth
Music – Stuart Price
Costumes – Gareth Pugh
Design – Es Devlin
3D Scanning – Apr Services, Tom Avery
Ant and Dec Filming – DOP Martin Testar, Lighting – Paul Burns
Screen Content Assistants – Alicia Clarke, William Marler, Mark Wright, Ed Tritton, Kelvin Wong, Alice Pace
Initial sequence tests and editing was created at Birmingham City University
Collection – Genus, Paris Opera House (Live recording version)
The second of two film installations commissioned by The Opera Garnier, Paris, as part of the performance GENUS, choreographed by Wayne McGregor
The video installations are made from material relating to a conceptual re-interpretation of the inquiries of Charles Darwin. This work is both filmic and choreographic in it’s making and presentation and relates to creation and evolution. This is used as a platform to express ideas and remind us of our own evolutionary process and thinking, and of our instictive connection and reaction to the natural
The film is created as a cinematic stop motion work, including a remaking through movement of elements from Edweard Muybridge’s photographic collection (with kind permission from Birmingham library photographic archive) and material shot at The Paleantology museum, Paris, and The Darwin Archive-Natural History museum, London.
Commissioned by The Paris Opera House for the performance Genus 2007
Film – Ravi Deepres
(Installation collaboration – Luke Unsworth), (additional collaboration – Evy Dutheil and Karen Perez)
Choreography – Wayne McGregor
Music – Joby Talbot and Deru
Commissioned by Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Dance performance conception, direction and choreography by Wayne McGregor.
Film Concept and direction Ravi Deepres
Sound by Joby Talbot and Jon Hopkin
Lighting by Lucy Carter
Set and Costume design by Patrick Burnier
Currently on World Tour – For more information go to http://www.randomdance.org/productions/current_productions/entity/about
For Entity I wanted to combine natural, stop motion and graphical moving image work which connects the language of naturally occurring geometry, order, and visual kinetics with the universal language of mathematics – elements of its forms and visual structure. These intrinsically linked worlds are conceptually interpreted through different ideas including a number of the sequences literally structured according to certain mathematical formulae/series, such as algorithms and Fibernacci series. These creations are further influenced by the study of The Golden Ratio, other math based discoveries and modes of classification. The imagery works on a conscious and subconscious (instinctive/hypnotic) level and is symbiotically linked in subject matter as well as with choreography, space and sound.
Ravi Deepres: Video Artist / Designer
The graphic sequences were made in collaboration with Luke Unsworth with further assistance from Evy Dutheil and Karen Perez.
Natural History museum, London. CNRS Paris, Birmingham
photographic archive with support from Birmingham City
Royal opera house International Olympic Gala video installation with dance piece and original sound composition for stage.
Film – Ravi Deepres
Music – Scanner and Joel Cadbury
Dance choreography – Kate Prince
Collaboration curated by Wayne McGregor