A new interactive journey by Yorkshire-based arts trio Invisible Flock launched last week in Leeds city centre. Who is Ophelia? is a digital, online and live encounter which takes participants on an interactive modern retelling of the story of Ophelia.
The trail has a physical, discoverable presence on a series of video screens hidden in the city centre. This is complemented by an online strand, with the pieces of the puzzle coming together as those taking part unlock new digital content and the next part of the journey through their mobile phones. It can be played until Saturday 25 February and is best appreciated after dark. The first location can be found in the window of Optical Express on Briggate in the city centre.
Who is Ophelia? has been commissioned by Opera North Projects to accompany Katie Mitchell’s video installation Five Truths. Mitchell’s presents five interpretations of one scene from Hamlet in the styles of the 20th century’s most radical and inspirational theatre directors. Olivier-award winning actress Michelle Terry performs Ophelia’s famous ‘mad scene’ five times, in the visionary styles and techniques of Stanislavski, Artaud, Brecht, Jerzy Grotowski and Peter Brook.
The resulting films, originally created for the V&A museum in London, play simultaneously across ten screens, seamlessly blending theatre and technology to create a powerful immersive experience in which each Ophelia reveals a different side of the story. Five Truths, which is free to the public, takes place in the Howard Assembly Room from Tuesday 14 – Saturday 25 February (Monday – Saturday, 2.00pm – 8.00pm).
Photo: Invisible Flock at one of the Who is Ophelia? locations as the trail launched on 1 February. Photo credit: Jonny Walton / Kaptur.