Live Arena Show
APOLLO is a ground-breaking new immersive arena show which gives the audience a 360 degree experience of a lifetime. With an original story inspired by the Apollo missions, the show is performed by a cast of 20 in a spectacular, custom built theatre with 40,000 square feet of video projections. Apollo tells the story of the moon landing from the perspective of the 400,000 people who worked together to put astronauts on the moon AND bring them home safely.
The central challenge in scoring Apollo was to create a truly patriotic American piece that would do justice to the ultimate pioneering story of mankind’s compulsion to explore. Whilst James drew on full expansive orchestral forces and delivered another massive main theme, the work also had to encompass styles from the 1960s pop canon. As such there were forays into pop, rock and country as well as hybrid works touching on the cool jazz of the late 50s.
Using a lot of quartal harmonies, this score broke new ground for the composer and hopefully conjures some of the spirit of a truly monumental human story.