CR July: The Live issue

CR July is dedicated to innovation in live experiences with features on theatre, virtual reality, live streaming apps and the revitalisation of a great British seaside amusement park. Plus we have interviews with Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet, and the Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis

CR July is dedicated to innovation in live experiences with features on theatre, virtual reality, live streaming apps and the revitalisation of a great British seaside amusement park. Plus we have interviews with Tamara Rojo, the artistic director of the English National Ballet, and the Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis

What can a ballet dancer teach a designer? Or an art director? When we started these themed issues of CR at the start of the year, we wanted to illustrate that creative people, in whatever discipline, face similar challenges.

Our interview with Rojo is a good example of what we had in mind. As ENB’s artistic director she is responsible not just for what happens on stage but also for the whole ENB ‘brand’. Taking risks, trusting her creative team, shifting perceptions and encouraging collaborations with cutting edge talent – Rojo has faced all these issues.

And collaboration is at the heart of the majority of the creative endeavours featured in our special issue – just look at Glastonbury. Each year, a team of thousands work together, with no overall creative director, to transform Worthy Farm into the world’s pre-eminent performing arts festival – and an unforgettable live experience.

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Opening the issue, in Month in Review we look at the recent trend for brands to instruct on good parenting skills; the latest Gordon Young/Why Not Associates artwork; and what it’s like to be a young, female, Muslim designer.

In his Logo Log column, Michael Evamy looks at identities created for sporting stars and their brands; while Daniel Benneworth Gray investigates the design possibilities that can result from hitting yourself in the face. Antonia Wilson also attends a Bombass + Parr immersive dining experience for Sony.

Opening our live experiences section, Rachael Steven takes an in-depth look at how TBWALondon’s floating house for Airbnb was put together.


William Fowler argues that Virtual Reality offers more than just hype after hearing from some of Hollywood’s top innovators.

 

Mark Sinclair looks at how Periscope and other live streaming services are transforming media, journalism and entertainment.

 

Compared to the great World’s Fairs of the 1960s, today’s brand pavilions are vapid and empty – Oliver Wainwright considers how they went from wonder to ‘whatever’.

 

Eliza Williams talks to artist John Walter to find out about his latest ‘maximalist art experience’…

 

… while also taking a behind-the-scenes look at plans to revive the Dreamland theme park in Margate.

 

 

And in her interview with Tamara Rojo, Williams also finds out how the English National Ballet’s artistic director is shaking up the world of dance. (Rojo is also our cover star this month – photographed by Rick Guest.)

 

In an in-depth feature, Emily Eavis talks Antonia Wilson through the creative process behind the staging of the Glastonbury Festival.

 

And Rachael Steven meets Headlong, the theatre company producing some of the most vivid and memorable live experiences around.

 

In Crit, Sarah Snaith visits a new Dutch exhibition that examines both sides of design under occupation …

 

… and Rick Poynor reviews an unmissable survey of Chinese photobooks.

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