Greek National Opera
Odeon Herodes Atticus - Athens
“We mix real and non-real elements to go through a very meticulous narrative. We like to work on a computer, but also we use our hands to create unique sculptures we afterwards film to include in altered ways to the video material.”
Norma, one of the most known operas, thanks to the casta diva aria. What a privilege to play in the same theater where once Maria Callas performed as Norma. How couldn't we make a tribute to her?
For this special production, we developed a video mapping for the historic facade of the Odeon Herodes Atticus in the Acropolis of Athens. The most difficult challenge was to merge an ancient monument of almost 2000 years with an idea of futuristic opera, respecting the affective importance of the Athenians.
As an element to highlight, the light used in the video is black light, as a symbol of the natural disaster that humanity faces in the idea of the director Carlus Padrissa (La Fura dels Baus), leaving a trace of radioactive color. This special feature was afterwards applied to light, stage design and attrezzo elements.
A counterpoint of past and future: artificial forests, holographic walls and the conservation of the flora in cell-colture dishes are some of the premises that have been visually enjoyed, turning the video into a scenario that amplifies the scenographic sense.
Another of the premises we wanted to highlight was the sculptural nature as a way of conservation for future generations. As if it were totems, the natural elements are elevated to something almost miraculous.