directed by andrew panton
Lighting by Grant anderson
choreography BY DARRAGH O'LEARY
VIDEO DESIGN by KENNETH MACLEOD
PRODUCTION PHOTOGRAPHY by TOMMY GA-KEN WAN
The visual language for Chess drew directly from the vibrant world of 1980s pop-music video.
We blew up the games into a sporting event of Olympic proportions, characterising the chess champions as 80s rock-gods and mega-celebs, staging a rock-concert style arena, for the competitors to be led into. Above the action, an imposing 64-squared-grid hovered, easing in and out with the intensity of the matches.
Six event "banners," formed with LED-screen tiles, gave us a surface on which to create an array of 1980s event graphics, score-cards, scenic views and mass media explosions, using live video feed from two roaming 1980s cameras on stage.