Friday, October 15, 2010

Is Projection Mapping The Future Of Opera Productions?

Two things we like: opera and all things technologically wondrous.

So we're very excited about our upcoming production of Moby-Dick in 2012 which uses large format projections to create a variety of environments in a finite space. Moby-Dick will use a curved wall and projections to create the inside of the Pequod, the exterior of the Pequod, the ocean, whaling boats on a whale hunt and many more environments that can't realistically fit on stage. It's exciting cutting edge stuff, which, truth be told, one doesn't see very often in American opera houses.

Is projection mapping the future of opera? We'll surely see more of it we imagine. And as the technology becomes cheaper and widely available a Company could essentially create a season of opera productions digitally and project them onto a plain modular set. In fact, it's already starting to happen. Vancouver Opera is using the technology for the world premiere of Lilian Alling to create a variety of backdrops, and the world premiere of Moby-Dick at The Dallas Opera is the same production we're using.

Below is probably the most effective use of projection mapping we've seen, even though it doesn't take place inside a theatre. As you can tell from the video below, when done right, the possibility of what one can create on stage is endless.

The 600 Years from the macula on Vimeo.

2 comments:

Gale Martin said...

Great demonstration of this new technology. I was impressed. It also suggests the sky's the limit in terms of the breadth of visual experiences you can provide for operagoers. Best of luck with your show.

Gale Martin said...

Great video demonstrating this new technology. There's no limit to where you can take audiences anymore. Best of luck with your show.