Invitation to tender | Welsh National Opera

Invitation to tender

Rhondda Rebel (working title) – Mixed Reality/Augmented Reality project

As emerging sector leaders that embed digital technology within the arts we’d like to build on our success by embarking on a new immersive Mixed Reality project to support our production of Rhondda Rips it Up! Our portfolio of artistic digital projects to date has included WNO Field, a large scale installation in 2016, and Magic Butterfly, an immersive Virtual Reality experience in 2017. Each year we build on experience gained and increase our ambition by experimenting with different approaches and offering a new creative platform to highlight how technology, storytelling and opera can work together to create an engaging experience. We see this as a particularly effective way at attracting those who do not have an existing relationship with Welsh National Opera.

There are two strands to this project, dependent on experience, applicants can pitch for either one strand or both.

Strand one 

In 2018 we wish to collaborate with a digital artist and/or a creative technologist to develop an immersive Mixed Reality (MR) experience transporting audiences from their physical space to an augmented environment, through which the audience will engage in the story and life of Lady Rhondda, using their smartphones. Initially it will be a site-specific experience that will launch on 7 June 2018 in Newport. Our ambition is to tour this aspect of the installation to festivals and locations across Wales and England.

Strand two

In addition to this activity we will also create a multiscreen story exhibition that will initially be based at the Riverfront in Newport. The imagery will be presented on an array of digital screens and will form both digital and physical fragments including imagery, text, props and artefacts detailing Margaret Haig Thomas’s fascinating history and connecting this to the production.

The successful applicants will work closely with WNO’s creative team and digital producer to collaborate and form a production team to develop the project.

Deadline for applications: 20 December 2017 (12.00am midnight)