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Immersive show based on Disney’s Fantasia to run at London’s Vaults

Artwork from Walt Disney’s Fantasia
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An immersive production based on Disney’s 1940 film Fantasia is to run at the Vaults in London.

Sounds and Sorcery will feature a new recording from a 96-piece orchestra, under the musical direction of Stephen Higgins, as well as 3D projections to create a “multi-sensory experience”.

Audiences will wear headphones and be guided on an interactive journey around the Vaults’ maze of tunnels under Waterloo station.

The production coincides with the 90th birthday of the iconic Disney character Mickey Mouse, who features in Fantasia.

It runs from July 3 to September 30, with press night on July 11.

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.”

Anna Hill, chief marketing officer at the Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland, said: “Fantasia was, and still is, a ground-breaking movie and Walt Disney’s creativity continues to inspire people all over the world today, so it is fitting that this experiential event is paying tribute to this seminal work in this way.”

Sounds and Sorcery will be 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 is by Kitty Callister in collaboration with sound designer David Gregory, video designer Doug Foster, lighting designer Jake Wiltshire and production manager Andy George.

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