16K IMMERSIVE CINEMATIC EXPERIENCE
“We created this immersive work as a powerful and moving experience with the aim to leave you with a deeper understanding of the Mogao Caves, Buddhist art and its significance. It is a must-see for anyone interested in experiencing the beauty and wonder of these ancient treasures.”
– Eric Hanson, BluePlanet VR founder
MOGAO CAVES: AN IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE
Produced for the Dunhuang Foundation, this immersive experience was screened in conjunction with famed composer Tan Dun’s performance of his “Buddha Passion” at the Seattle Symphony’s Benroyal Hall in November 2023, a work which is inspred by the Mogao Caves.
The caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses stunning works of Buddhist art and sculptures. Created over a period of 1,000 years, these remote caves contain a vast repository of Buddhist religious and cultural history.
The immersive experience tells the story of the Mogao Caves and showcases the stunning works of Buddhist art from the site – one of the world’s greatest cultural treasures.
A JOURNEY INTO A BUDDHIST CULTURAL HERITAGE TREASURE
The immersive multimedia experience uses cutting-edge technology to transport the audience to a journey through the caves, featuring stunning visuals, soundscapes and narration bringing the ancient buddist art and the caves to life.
Utilizing a mix of extremely high-resolution 16K imagery, 3D visualization, photogrammertry and sound to create large scale immersive environments, Mogao Caves – An Immersive Experience features narration provided by world-renowned experts of Buddhist art and history.
“A stunning and moving experience that transported audiences to another world. An innovative use of technology to create a truly immersive experience.”
– The Seattle Times
“A must-see for anyone interested in classical music, world music, or simply beautiful art.”
– The Seattle Post
A global UNESCO Ambassador,Tan Dun is one of the world’s most renowned and influential living composers and conductors
A PROFOUND EXPERIENCE IN THE GOBI DESERT
The captivating score of “Buddha’s Passion” draws inspiration from Tan Dun’s profound experiences exploring the Mogao Caves. Situated by the Silk Road on the edge of the Gobi Desert in Dunhuang, China, these ancient grottoes have stood for over 1,000 years.
BUDDHA PASSION: COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED BY TAN DUN
Composer and conductor of the epic scale Buddha Passion oratorio, Tan Dun has received numerous international accolades, including Grammy Awards, BAFTA Awards, Grawemeyer Award, and an Academy Award for his work on the film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” featuring Yo-Yo Ma, Chen Xie-Yang, and David Cossin.
THE TEACHINGS OF THE BUDDHA
Through a harmonious blend of chants, stories, and evocative ancient sounds, Tan Dun’s composition skillfully reflects the profound teachings of the Buddha, with themes of love, forgiveness, sacrifice, and salvation resonate deeply, transporting audiences to a realm of timeless wisdom.
“Tan Dun is a powerful and evocative composer. His music has the ability to transport the listener to another world.”
– Yo Yo Ma, Cellist
“Tan Dun is one of the most important composers of our time. His music is both beautiful and challenging, and it has helped to open up new possibilities for classical music.”
– John Adams, composer