David Bowie’s Lazarus – now in amazing virtual reality

By Kitty Knowles 21 April 2017

David Bowie lives on in VR.

David Bowie’s work often explored different worlds.

The musical legend was Ziggy Stardust, the alien rock-star spreading hope on earth. He was Jareth the Goblin King in the magical Labyrinth film.

Now, one of the late star’s final creative projects is being shown in a new virtual reality.

Who wants to see David Bowie’s hit musical Lazarus in VR?

A scene from the Lazarus musical.

Lazarus VR

First staged in 2015, Lazarus featured music and lyrics composed by Bowie.

It was one of the last works he completed before his death, and the show’s New York premiere also marked the last public appearance of the Bowie himself.

Tickets sold out almost instantly, but lucky for you, the V&A recorded it in virtual reality.

And this weekend, the London institution will be sharing inspiring VR clips of the musical, alongside discussion of the recording process – for free.

Read more: 8 pathetic ways David Bowie’s death was used to flog products

Pic: Victoria and Albert Museum, London

VR performance

Part of From VHS to VR, a free event taking place for the V&A Performance Festival, Bowie’s virtual revival is part of a trend for recording VR performance.

A number of musicians including U2, Muse and Taylor Swift have already explored the media (we loved having Björk serenade us on an Icelandic beach, but were less impressed by Justin Bieber’s virtual reality concert).

Last year saw the Dutch National Ballet create the first VR ballet in the world, and Britain’s National Theatre even launched a spell-binding VR studio to explore how it can better embrace the form. The magician Derren Brown even took up VR to create Thorpe Park’s terrifying Ghost Train.

Today, VR is a cutting edge technology for all creative industries to explore.

A revolutionary himself, we hope Bowie’s pleased to live on in this exciting, experimental, virtual world.

Lazarus is part of From VHS to VR, a free event taking place for the V&A Performance Festival at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum on Sunday 30 April. More info here