Saturday, July 26, 2008

Gorillaz Creators Take on Beijing Olympics

The Olympics are coming! In anticipation, the BBC commissioned Jamie Hewlett and Damon Albarn, best known for their Gorillaz videos, to turn the Chinese folktale Journey to the West into an animated intro to their Olympic coverage.

The pair also collaborated on an opera, currently playing at the London Royal Opera House, based on the same story. Albarn composed the opera, which is infused with modern music and Chinese acrobatics, while Hewlett created the conceptual art for the set and costumes.

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