Melanie Wilson

BAC SPARK: The Masque of the Red Death

In Spring 2008, Melanie was commissioned by the Battersea Arts Centre to collaborate with video artist and photographer Gemma Riggs.

Together they worked with groups of South London primary school students to create a mixed media installation for the commission space in Punchdrunk's most recent production 'The Masque of the Red Death'.

Using Punchdrunk's magnificent set as inspiration: a transformative interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s dark and decadent world, the installation was a ‘small person’s’ interpretation of the production.

Melanie worked with the young people to produce soundtracks that were illustrated by Gemma's groups, who used digital photography, animation and shadow puppetry.

It was a fifteen-minute piece, where six audience members at a time were guided into a homely space by children’s voices. There they saw a story come to life in a fireplace, they heard secrets emerge from cardboard boxes and a musical 3 dimensional ball engaged the audience further.

An example of two of the elements can be seen here.