Teatro Sociale di Rovigo, ''Otello''

Rovigo (Italy)

The central element of the installation is a Kabuki curtain with considerable dimensions (around 15 m of width for a height of 8,5 m) manufactured with HSE - Tempesta.The image of the Lion of San Marco, realized in Digital printing reproducing the sketch of the scenographer, fills up the whole backdrop.The dimensions of the Venetian emblem are hardly contained by the frame of the scene, creating a feeling of incumbent threat that will be used for functional goals by the stage direction.
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The big Kabuki curtain was suspended to the Flyloft of the Teatro Sociale, during the initial phases of installation of the scenography, to try its fall.The photo gathers the instant of the unhook of the curtain, signalled by the sudden ripple that crosses it.
The choice of the HSE - Tempesta is also due certainly to the desire to exploit the effects of volatility and transparency of this fabric.
The Kabuki curtain begins to fall creating one of the most classical and exciting coups de théâtre.
In these photos, that take back a preliminary test of the installation, it is not possible to appreciate the effects of illumination and transparency of the HSE - Tempesta, that will surely be used during the show.
The choice of the HSE - Tempesta in the realization of the curtain is, as it was said, certainly due also to the intention to exploit the characteristic perpetual motion that makes unmistakable the scenographical effect, due to the impalpable lightness of the fabric, that ripples and fluctuates to every least motion of air.
If the effects of the illumination on the stage haven't been set yet, it's however appreciable the braked one of the fall - also due to the lightness of the silk - that, when the installation will be completed, will provoke an on purpose deceleration of the instant of apparition of the part of scene that stays behind the curtain. A deceleration with an effect that director and scenographer surely sought during the conception of the intallation.
It has to be noticed as the curtain, because of the lightness of the silk, inflates and makes take shape to the lion, that abandons to earth taking an unusual three-dimensionality. An effect that someone surely kept in his mind during the realization of the sketch, drawing the back of the feline at the edge of the bar from which the curtain unhooks.
Lyric drama in four acts
Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901)
First night
Milan, Teatro alla Scala, 5/2/1887

Gabbris Ferrari
Marcello Morresi
Coordination of the stage installations
Claudio Magrin
Stage direction

Teatro Sociale of Rovigo
Nuovo Teatro Comunale of Bolzano
C.S.C. Santa Chiara of Trento
Teatro Coccia of Novara
Fondazione Ravenna Manifestazioni
Coro Lirico Città di Rimini ''Amintore Galli''
Teatro Goldoni of Livorno
Teatro dell'Opera Giocosa of Savona

Materials used in this production

Digital printings for scenography

Printing on vinyl

HSE - Tempesta

Silks and satins

HSE - Tempesta digital printing

Printing on fabrics

Kabuki curtains

Typology of curtain