Thank you to everyone who came out for a fantastic Family Day performance of Dance Through Time last week! It is always a pleasure to show off our students’ skills. We were treated to excerpts from the Renaissance right up to the 19th century, and some very interesting educational commentary by OA Co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski.
At Opera Atelier, we take the imaging of the company very seriously. This being said, a five hour shoot involving seven naked people and little more than thousands of fall leaves to ensure a sense of modesty requires a sense of humour.
We thought it would be interesting to give our friends a behind-the-scenes look at our beautiful Alcina image. It gives you an idea of the sort of magic that is worked by photographer Bruce Zinger, and all of our artists and creative team.
Alcina’s “dress of leaves” under construction following two days of building.
The great 20th century painter Balthus (Balthasar Klossowski de Rola) once said
“real modernity is in the reinvention of the past, in refound originality, based on experience and discovery”
Vanished Splendors: A Memoir
This point of view makes perfect sense to the entire creative team at Opera Atelier. In the case of production images, we draw our inspiration from iconic images from the past which we then reinterpret for our audience.
On Tuesday we released Opera Atelier’s official image for Handel’sAlcina and the response has been amazing. Both the photo and the video have attracted enormous attention on social media, and the interest continues to grow in Canada, the US and Europe!
Many people have asked us how we go about crafting an image of this sort – What is the inspiration? Where does it begin? Who is involved? etc…
The imaging of a production like Alcina is as important to us as every other aspect of the opera. The image becomes the catalyst and take-off point by which … Read more