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Teatro Comunale, ''Salome''

Bologna

A curtain with Concentric fullness making made to be used with a Fly curtain.The curtain, that is 14 m wide and 10,50 m high, was realized with FTA - Tancredi 500 470. dark red.The presence of the curtain at the center of the stage, with the lifting to the beginning and the descent at the conclusion of the action, emphasizes the anti-realistic theatricality of the interpretation proposed by the direction and by the scenography of an opera that, conceived between 1902 and 1905, already contains all the elements that will revolutionize the opera music of the '900, both in the harmonic circle and in that structural, with the disappearance, for instance, of the ouverture and of the arias.
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Salome orders to the guards to free the prophet Jochanaan (John the Baptist), that is extracted from the cistern in which he's kept prisoner. The stylized floor made of bordeaux marble, a work by the scenographer realizer of the laboratories of the Teatro Comunale Stefano Iannetta, with the stratifications and the gigantic fissures that cross it, it is, together with the big crimson curtain, the scenographical element that more characterizes the staging.
The irresistible attraction, also physical, of Salome for the prophet Jochanaan, that will result fatal to both of them, finds in the blood bordeaux background an aesthetical and meaningful position that assumes a rare effectiveness.
The palace of Herodes is symbolically represented with a couch and few furnishings, over that by the presence of the servitude and the watches. The characters, apart Salome that is covered alone veils of silk, white or red, they dress suits that are contemporary to the historical period corresponding to the first decades of life of the Bavarian composer.
Refused by Jocahaan, Salome asks his head to Herodes and, in order to get it, she seduces her stepfather with the biblical ''dance of the seven veils''. The dominant colors of the scenography are the red and the blue, together with the bordeaux that is a combination of them - the color of the marble and of the curtain. The two colors are scattered on the scene thanks to the rear-illumination of a big Rear-illuminated cyclorama RAR - Arizona, that passes from a red carmine that serves as background to the white of the circle of the moon, to a intense blue.
The giant lens used for focusing the attention of the spectators on what happens to the center of the scene.
Herodes, convinced by his stepdaughter, made to behead Jochanaan. The ax of the decapitation still towers at half air, when the blood surface of the marble cacks until its breackup.
While the headless body of the prophet is suspended to the chains, his gigantic cut-off head it emerges from the stone with a slow but unstoppable movement, symbol of a conscience that cannot be kept silent.The violent red light that invades the scene comes from the Rear-illuminated cyclorama RAR - Arizona backdrop that can be discerned on the background.
Drama in one act
Music
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Libretto
Hedwig Lachmann
from the homonym poem by Oscar Wilde
First night
Dresden, KŲnigliches Opernhaus, 9/12/1905

Scenography
Alessandro Camera
Costume design
Andrea Viotti
Light design
Daniele Naldi
Technical direction
Paolo Giacchero
Stage direction

Staging
Teatro Comunale of Bologna
Season
2010

See also ...

Concentric fullness making

Fabric: typologies of workmanships

Fly curtains

Typology of curtain

FTA - Tancredi 500

Velvets

RAR - Arizona

Rear-projection films

Rear-illuminated backdrops

Vinyl backdrops: typologies