V&A: the 2017 Performance Festival features first ever virtual reality recording of David Bowie’s Lazarus and more

The line-up for V&A’s 2017 Performance Festival includes the first ever virtual reality recording of David Bowie’s Lazarus, comedy stand-up and a film premiere. The 10-day festival kicks-off on 21 April and runs until 30 April 2017.

The fourth annual Performance Festival will celebrate live performance in all its forms. Highlights include a preview of the V&A’s exclusive Virtual Reality recording of David Bowie’s musical Lazarus and the Museum’s first ever stand-up comedy night featuring John Lloyd (Museum of Curiosities, Radio 4), Harriet Braine (Funny Woman Stage Award Winner 2016) and Nish Kumar (Edinburgh Fringe Festival Comedy Award nominee 2015, 2016).

A premiere screening of the film Lady Macbeth, followed by a Q&A with the film’s director William Oldroyd, actress Florence Pugh and costume designer Holly Waddington, will be live-broadcasted to cinemas across the UK.

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Virtual Reality Headset (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Running from Friday 21 April until Sunday 30 April, the V&A Performance Festival runs in tandem with the display The History of Europe – Told by its Theatres, shown in the Museum’s Theatre and Performance gallery. Both the display and Festival examine the relationship between theatre and Europe, national identity, democracy and cross-cultural exchange.

Admission is FREE to most events, with selected events ticketed in advance. Daily curator-lead tours of the Theatre and Performance gallery will take place throughout the Festival and the full programme of events can be found on the V&A’s website.

V&A Performance Festival

  • Friday 21 April – Sunday 30 April 2017
  • vam.ac.uk | @V_and_A
Seen at top: VHS to VR, photo credit Sebastian Benalcazar (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

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