Debate: What do you think of the use of video projections in opera and ballet?
Does use of digital media in a theatre enhance the experience, or detract from it?
11 February 2014 at 12.47pm | 15 Comments
Over the past few years, opera and ballet have embraced video projection as a design element. The Royal Ballet’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, ENO’s Satyagraha and Glyndebourne’s The Turn of the Screw are just some of the productions across both art forms that have incorporated the technology.
Video is a key element of the design of Kasper Holten’s new Royal Opera production of Don Giovanni, which will be screened live in cinemas around the world on 12 February. The director has seen a shift in perception from inside the industry:
‘It’s a definite change, but I embrace it because I love collaborating,’ he told the Guardian, ‘I love seeing a production and wondering if a particular idea was mine or someone else’s. The thing that’s most exciting for me is finding Luke [Halls, the production's video designer], who’s not just a tech nerd, but he’s got an artistic language’
Before the cinema relay, let us know what you think using the comments field below:
What do you think of the use of video projections in opera and ballet? Have you enjoyed their use in productions or found them distracting?
A selection of your comments from Twitter:
@RoyalOperaHouse When done well, projections serve to tell a really effective story. Ex. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
— Nancy Hitzig (@nothingbuthitz) February 11, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse if a director feels they have a place then fine, but definitely need to be careful as they can trigger my migranes!
— Rachel Holland (@LowerSlipsGirl) February 11, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse I'm all for it. Opera isn't meant to be a museum piece, it's very essence was to be cutting edge.
— Adrian (@Adrianyyz) February 11, 2014
— Ruth Elleson (@RuthElleson) February 11, 2014
— Alan E Williams (@AlanWilliams123) February 11, 2014
— Gary Dale (@garydaleISP) February 11, 2014
@RoyalOperaHouse saw it used in " Nixon in China"…plane landed as backdrop. OK with that but not with projections of performers.
— ArCr (@pavalover) February 11, 2014
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