Around the world and back again – after celebrated opera productions with Chinese director Chen Shi-Zheng in Berlin and San Francisco, the tried and tested creative team headed east for another immersive multimedia spectacle. Supplemented and enhanced by flora&faunavisions' video content produced especially for the occasion, Shi-Zheng's version of Giuseppe Verdi's tragic tale of love and loss, La Traviata, premiered in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius on May 8th, 2009.
Set against the stunning backdrop of tailored ffv content – and in time for Vilnius’ new status as European Capital of Culture 2009 – the operatic classic enjoyed a comprehensive overhaul. As part of the update, the director and flora&faunavisions defined a concise visual language that would reflect the production's edgy costumes, lighting and set design.
Here, the flower and tree of the camellia, a plant that only blooms in winter, symbolise the cycle of blossoming love and bloody betrayal, from unfurling petal to rotting roots. Accompanied by the topical themes of consumption, opulence and vulgarity, spinning in a dizzying fairground of bustle and colour, Shi-Zheng's multimedia visions are framed by ffv's large-scale projections, screened onto a wide variety of backdrops and surfaces: from outsized rear projection spanning the entire back wall to structured partitions covered in layers of transparent fabric and a floor projection synched to the rear projection theme.
One of the undisputed highlights of the opera season, the production received a standing ovation and cemented the creative partnership between Chen Shi-Zheng and flora&faunavisions.
c) flora&faunavisions, 2010 (florafaunavisions.de)