The Reviews are in for Corrido De La Sangre by Mark Holthusen

“A must see”

"A cinematic odyssey”. Wow !”

“Probably one of the best things you’ll see all year”

“Absolutely mind blowing”

“I didn’t want to come out of the theater”

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“the spectacular projections used throughout the production. Director and video projection creator Mark Holthusen has created a visually gorgeous art installation that lives and breathes around the trio. Mexican idolatry is fused with marionette puppets that help tell the story like a living picture book, informing the lyrics and feel of the band’s music. It looks stunning.”

The Review Hub

http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-tiger-lillies-corrido-de-la-sangre-home-manchester/

“Corrido De La Sangre  is another triumph of a show . Wit, love, drugs, death and an accordion make for a tremendous evening's entertainment. Strongly recommended!”

Review Number 9 - Theater and Music

http://reviewernumber9.simplesite.com/438815376

The Tiger Lillies are back at HOME Manchester with a new show, also a forthcoming album, but put together into a slick and visually impressive stage production.

The British Theater Guide

http://www.britishtheatreguide.info/reviews/corrido-de-la-s-home-manchester-15825

“Corrido de la Sangre is such an incredibly sad and moving story, one which is so artistically and skilfully told that you don’t want the end to come because you’re enjoying the story as much as you’re enjoying the way its being told. So much effort must have gone in to perfecting and connecting the various components of this show yet, as with the best of performances, it all just looks so effortless and simple.”

The Greater Manchester Reviewer

https://thegmreviewer.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/corrido-de-la-sangre/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

"It is solid, well constructed and stunning. And it feels honest.”

“a feast for the eyes as well as the ears in an impressive marriage of visuals with the music and the script.”

“a bawdy grab your crotch Shakespearean-style, served with swearing, blood splatter and a feminist twist of revenge.”

VIVA Magazine

http://vivamanchester.co.uk/tiger-lillies-musical-myth-magic-creates-hypnotic-day-dead/

“The video projections, designed by Holthusen, have a three-dimensional aspect. Rather than simply pop onto the screen the projections develop gradually as if they have a real weight and are being constructed. Of course, in view of the nature of the material there are also the occasional bursts of horror with demons, animate skeletons and splatters of blood. But the most striking aspect of the projections is the way they set a ravishing Gothic background against which the group can perform – ornate chambers with grotesque statues, acres of candles or bright flowers.

You could not say that Corrido de la Sangre is a morally uplifting piece of work but the disquieting humour and unsettling storyline makes the show hard to resist even if you cannot be sure of its exact nature.”

Manchester Theater Awards

http://www.manchestertheatreawards.com/reviews/1451-the-tiger-lillies-corrido-de-la-sangre-viva-fe-home-manchester

“The Tiger Lillies continue to make theatrical inspired work in their own style that, thirty years on, is still as matchless as it always was..”

The Review Hub

http://www.thereviewshub.com/the-tiger-lillies-corrido-de-la-sangre-home-manchester/

“Visually it is gorgeous. The staging is intimate, and the combination of projections, shadow puppetry and papercut artwork create a constant feeling of wonderment as reveal after reveal alters the staging like a kaleidoscope and creates a sense of the performance being peeled back through the years like Russian dolls unfolding in size. The backdrop gives a sense of the decaying splendour of old Mexico and the ragged holes suggest the disintegration of cloth like flesh from a corpse. The projection of colours and shapes from fiesta lace and flowers to the gold of icons weeping blood to Mexican skies and flames of hell is visually stunning. It evokes the magical realism of Frida Kahlo but with the scale of Diego Rivera folk art murals. Director Mark Holthusen has created a beautiful visual spectacle that pulsates like a vast beautiful beating heart.”

(Live Art Live) https://liveartalive.com/2018/04/26/corrido-de-la-sangre/amp/?__twitter_impression=true)

“Corrido de la Sangre is such an incredibly sad and moving story, one which is so artistically and skilfully told that you don’t want the end to come because you’re enjoying the story as much as you’re enjoying the way its being told. So much effort must have gone in to perfecting and connecting the various components of this show yet, as with the best of performances, it all just looks so effortless and simple.”

The Greater Manchester Reviewer

https://thegmreviewer.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/corrido-de-la-sangre/amp/?__twitter_impression=true

“Mark Holthusen directs and is responsible for the video projections, which are just as integral to the performance as The Tiger Lillies wowing the audience with their musicality.”

Caught in the Act

http://www.caughtintheact.co.uk/the-tiger-lillies-review/

“Sewing the production seamlessly together, the varied video projections, courtesy of Mark Holthusen, are entrancing. They frame the action and provide a feast for the senses, bringing a distinct element of Monty Python-esque surreal animation. Saving the performance from the risk of too much similarity, the backdrop combines puppetry with neon lights, overlapping modern art with a quaint nod to simpler times.”

HARPY MAGAZINE

https://harpymagazine.com/home-1/2018/4/26/the-tiger-lillies-corrido-de-la-sangre

“it’s fucking brilliant.”

The Comic Vault

https://thecomicvault.wordpress.com/2018/04/25/corrido-de-la-sangre-review-a-haunting-tableau-of-mexican-folklore-and-violence/#more-5187

Projection Design for Manahatta at OSF by Mark Holthusen

 Photo: Jenny Graham

Photo: Jenny Graham

MANAHATTA

Mary Kathryn Nagle’s story illuminates the tragic consequences of commercial exploits, including the removal of Native American people and the attempted eradication of their culture, that gave rise to the America we know today. Securities trader Jane Snake is torn between worlds. Her return to Wall Street in 2008 brings her to Manahatta (“island of many hills” in Lenape), the homeland her Native American ancestors were violently forced to leave in the 1600s.

SOVEREIGNTY WORLD PREMIER TONIGHT by Mark Holthusen

I was honored to work on projection designs for Sovereignty at the Arena Stage in Washington DC.  Part of Arena’s 10-year Power Plays initiative and the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

Mary Kathryn Nagle’s daring new work, which debuts as the fourth production in Arena Stage’s Power Plays initiative, travels the intersections of personal and political truths, historic and present struggles. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation’s jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers.

Its on the stage now January 12th - Feb18th

http://www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/sovereignty/

Oregon Shakespeare 2018 by Mark Holthusen

I created a series of posters of the 2018 season at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival with a laser cut paper effect.  Looks like its going to be a great season of shows and happy I could once again help them with highlighting the shows.   

Video Design and Illustration: Whisper House: Duncan Sheik & Kyle Jarrow by Mark Holthusen

I had the pleasure of creating a series of illustrations and animations for Duncan Shiek and Kyle Jarrow's Whisper House at The Other Palace in London.  Tickets on Sale now, go check in out if your in London this spring, runs thru May 2017.

Reviews: 

"Mark Holthusen's artful projections, including slightly surrealist wave-like animations, and Alex Drofiak's moody lighting, and you have one of the handsomest productions to grace this stage in a long while."  British Theater Magazine

"Mark Holthusen has produced a series of evocatively monochrome projections that convincingly evoke the desolation of a barren emotional and physical landscape."