The Royal Opera House has commissioned Ali Pretty, the Artistic Director of Kinetika, to design and make 12 bespoke silk drapes to decorate the ceiling of the Paul Hamlyn Hall for Deloitte Ignite. Scenes from the history of the Royal Opera House are depicted on the 11 meter long banners, each one hand-painted by Ali and a team of artists and volunteers, taking 132 metres of silk and 740 hours to make.
Saturday 5 September
Sunday 6 September
THE FRONT ROOM (Paul Hamlyn Hall)
The concept and themes for the banners came from a close collaboration between Ali Pretty and the Royal Opera House’s Collections and Learning and Participation departments. The Royal Opera House archivists drew on a rich variety of items preserved in the Collections to select a range of historic documents, photographs and objects through which the story of the Royal Opera House could be told, inspiring Ali’s colourful designs.
Also designed and created by Kinetika is a giant Carmen Tower, which will greet guests of the festival on Bow Street on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 September. The three meter high tower will be home to the great diva of opera herself, Carmen.
The Kinetika Silks are free to view with a Festival Day Pass.