Photo by Ben Bentley 2014

Photo by Ben Bentley 2014

Kit Monkman

Kit Monkman makes, films, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship between the audience and the performer.

Most recently Kit has devised and directed a new, feature-length, film version of Macbeth due for release in 2017. In his bold new adaptation, this classic tale of unchecked ambition, soured friendship, lost intimacy and the descent into savagery and nihilism is historically and geographically unplaced. Through a visually poetic and anti-naturalistic style, familiar characters and words are encountered in a strange and claustrophobic territory where the boundries between reality and madness are blurred.

Working with long time collaborator Tom Wexler under the banner of KMA, Kit and Tom have developed a new genre of interactive work that has built them an international reputation. Their large scale works (e.g. Congregation (2010)), which seek to create emotionally resonant, impromptu public theatre by encouraging, and developing, interactions between people in public spaces using digitally-controlled projections, have been exhibited in numerous public spaces including Shanghai World Expo, Tate Britain, and Trafalgar Square.

Beginning with eng-er-land, their successful 2005 dance-theatre collaboration with choreographer Darshan Singh Bhuller, Kit and Tom have also designed for numerous contemporary dance shows including DV8's To Be Straight with You. Throughout these collaborations their work has developed and retained a distinct visual aesthetic.

The lessons learned through these excursions led directly to the experimental visual language of the 2014 feature film The Knife that Killed Me of which Kit is a co-Director and co-Writer. 

Kit and Tom have also adapted their experimental visual approach for use in large scale music events. They recently designed Paolo Nutini's UK Arena Tour (previous clients have included Prince, London Grammar and The Brit Awards).