The tulle for scenography

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The tulle and the stage: one of the many classic schemes used in countless variations.A. LightingB. Front projectionC. LightingD. Rear projection1. Audience2. Main curtain3. Wings and top (Stage masking)4. Tulle backdrop5. Rear-illuminated cyclorama
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Teatro Verdi of Trieste, ''Madama Butterfly'' A painted backdrop made of BGO - Gobelin tulle is here frontally illuminated in a uniform way, while the stage area behind the backdrop is kept in the dark.In this lighting situation the backdrop does not give any impression of transparency, on the contrary, its appearance is not different from that of a painted backdrop made of ASC - Sceno muslin.But if the frontal lighting is kept only in the center of the backdrop, on the large painted face ...
... and you slightly light up the stage area behind it, the tulle will become transparent where it is least affected by the front light.The maximum level of transparency will be found where the greatest difference in light intensity will be produced between the front of the backdrop and the area behind it.In this case, the biggest difference occurs in the lower left corner, where the two singers behind the tulle are framed by the light of a followspot.
This closer view underlines the passage from the illumination of the area behind the backdrop to the frontal one.Notice, about this matter, as the stylized Japanese landscape, that can be seen in transparency, because it is painted on a backdrop made of ASC - Sceno muslin set behind the characters, dissolves when you move the look towards the big face painted on the backdrop, that takes a frontal illumination.
Teatro Regio di Parma, ''La damnation de Faust'' Projections on a backdrop made of silver tulle BRL - Rexor.The tulle is used to make the subjects that are projected appear out of nowhere (or disappear), maintaining the visibility of the real ones that are behind the projection layer and that can interact with it.It is an elementary optical principle that exploits the difference in light between the front of the tulle and what is behind it ...
Yerevan Opera Theatre, ''The Last Judgement'' ... a difference that can be artificially created, and therefore controlled, with the use of lighting and projections.It is the same principle that is used by ZHM - Holographic Mirrors, albeit with very different technical problems and effects.On the left, a frontal projection on a grey BGO - Gobelin tulle, behind which the choir can be seen in transparency, in a slight backlight obtained with a RAR - Arizona Rear-projection screen.The Rear-illuminated backdrops are often installed behind tulle to create an adjustable backlit layer.
Teatro San Carlo, ''Candide'' The effect is obtained by projecting the frame of the TV and the character that circles in the air on two big backdrops made of BGO - Gobelin tulle installed a few meters away from each other.The first is a white backdrop and reacts to the projection in quite a sharp way, the second is black and, because of the light absorption of black colour, it creates a more evanescent projection.The rearward black backdrop also contributes to reinforce the effect of the projection on the first white backdrop, increasing its contrast with the background.
Teatro La Fenice, ''Otello'' A backdrop made of black BGO - Gobelin tulle.The zodiac signs have been painted according to the instructions by Edoardo Sanchi.The scenographer wanted them ...
With its exceptional characteristics of transparency and sensitivity to lighting, the Tulle for scenography offers infinite and never fully explored possibilities of use in the theatrical field and in the preparation of all kinds of events.
transparency effects
original effects in frontal projection and rear-projection
great sensibility to the illumination
scenographical dimensions
optimal for painting

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Teatro Carlo Felice of Genoa: ''Werther'' by Beni Montresor

Projections on grey BGO - Gobelin tulle

Göteborgs Stadtsteater, ''The Danton Case''

Kazan 2013, BRL - Rexor tulle

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C.N. de Teatro Clásico, ''La entretenida''

Prose theatre

EUR, ''XI Quadriennale d'Arte''

Exhibitions, art, architecture

Grand Hotel

Public places

Lighting seminar


Summer concerts


Teatro dell'Opera dei Pupi

Curtains for historical theaters

Teatro Español, ''Electra''

Prose theatre

Teatro La Fenice, ''Otello''

Lyric opera

Teatro Regio di Parma, ''La damnation de Faust''

Lyric opera

Teatro San Carlo, ''Candide''

Operetta, zarzuela, musical

Teatro San Carlo, ''Gustavo III''

Lyric opera

Teatro Verdi, ''Madama Butterfly''

Lyric opera

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