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Teatro alla Scala, ''Il ritorno di Ulisse in patria''

Milan

A backdrop made of ASC1220S - Sceno width 1.200 cm - Flame retardant painted by Paolino Libralato, 22 x 12 m.The scene is crossed by some symbolic presences: an elderly man and a child (the man's ages), a turtle, a white rabbit, a gigantic champagne glass, while some red apples slowly fall from the tree.
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A backdrop made of ASC1220S - Sceno width 1.200 cm - Flame retardant painted by Paolino Libralato, 22 x 12 m.The painting reproduces and revises in a gigantic size the famous painting Le Printemps by Nicolas Poussin, preserved today at the Louvre in Paris.
A backdrop made of ASC1220S - Sceno width 1.200 cm - Flame retardant painted by Paolino Libralato, here in the middle of the photo.
A Rear-illuminated backdrop made of RNV - Nevada film, 22 x 12 m, and filtered through a backdrop made of grey BIT - Italiano, 22 x 11,90 m.«The palace of Ulisse and Penelope is a groove of greyish parallelepipeds, a sort of narrow jail that imprisons the feelings of the queen and that a bit at a time flakes untils it disappears entirely at the end, where the love is found again and it will triumph in front of a free and without constraints horizon.»Nicola Salmoiraghi, in l'opera, number 262/263.
A Rear-illuminated backdrop made of RNV - Nevada film, 22 x 12 m, and filtered through a backdrop made of grey BIT - Italiano, 22 x 11,90 m.
A Rear-illuminated backdrop made of RNV - Nevada film, 22 x 12 m, and filtered through a backdrop made of grey BIT - Italiano, 22 x 11,90 m.
The floor of the stage is covered with TMP - Perotapis Event Carpet, colour 4 black.
For the staging around 1.000 m² of COS - Oscurante, colour 13 grey, had been used.
Tragedy with happy ending in a prologue and three acts
Music
Claudio Monteverdi (1567-1643)
First night
Venice, Teatro San Cassiano, 1640

Stage direction
Scenography
Serge von Arx
Costume design
Jacques Reynaud
Pictorial realizations
Paolino Libralato
Light design
A.J. Weissbard

Staging
Season
2011

Video & Documentation

Paolino Libralato at work 1

Paolino Libralato at work 2

See also ...

BIT - Italiano

Scrim and bobbinet fabrics

COS - Oscurante Molton

Duvetyne and blackout fabrics

Flat making

Fabric: typologies of workmanships

Rear-illuminated backdrops

Vinyl backdrops: typologies

RNV - Nevada

Rear-projection films

Robert Wilson

Some Masters

TMP - Perotapis

Textile floors