A century after the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, Lighthouse Immersive explores the legacy of the "Boy King" with its latest spectacle, Immersive King Tut.
From Van Gogh and Monet to Frida Kahlo and even pop music superstar Prince, immersive experiences have captivated Chicago audiences by delving into some of the most iconic artists in recent history. The latest production about to make its Windy City debut sets the time machine much further back—as in around 1,324 B.C.—to tackle one of the most fascinating royal figures known to humankind, the Egyptian king Tutankhamun. That’s the premise of Immersive King Tut, which was conceived by Lighthouse Immersive and uses state-of-the-art video mapping and animation to tell the tale of Tut’s passage into the afterlife.
But this isn’t just another immersive experience, says producer Svetlana Dvoretsky, noting that this latest production stands apart even from past LI efforts such as the aforementioned Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo spectacles. “We’ve partnered with Cocolab, a Mexico-based creative agency, to create an experience that transports and enlightens attendees on the journey of the young pharaoh Tutankhuman through the afterlife following his early death. As a more linear experience than previous shows, Immersive King Tut allows guests to move along with the plot and better understand the inspiration behind this production, the Amduat.
The beautiful design and interesting narrative make for the perfect family outing to learn about ancient Egypt, which is especially exciting because we are celebrating the centennial anniversary of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb.” Opens Oct. 14, Lighthouse ArtSpace Chicago, 108 W. Germania Place