Piccolo Teatro, ''The Tempest''


The original scenographical installation conceived by Luciano Damiani, with the ample proscenium in front on the stage and the big shutters opened on it.
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The sketches by Luciano Damiani illustrate the use of a big backdrop made of HSE - Tempesta silk with flat making to stylize the waves of the sea.
Luciano Damiani used the lightness of the HSE - Tempesta silk to create a fluctuating very shaken surface that simulated the stormy sea.
He got it placing under the backdrop made of HSE - Tempesta silk several mimes shooking upward their arms ...
... it was a brilliant scenographical invention that characterized the show and that was an epoch-making event.
The staging of the famous effect conceived by Luciano Damiani.The background lighting is obtained with a Rear-illuminated cyclorama made of the film RTE - Temporale.
Luciano Damiani used the HSE - Tempesta silk, one of his preferred scenographical materials, also to realize a big semitransparent sail ...
... that was shaked by the wind of the storm.
An installation that belongs to the history of modern scenography.
Luciano Damiani experimented in a revolutionary and definitive way the use of the silk for scenography, that since then on, in Italy - and in many other countries - it was called HSE - Tempesta silk.
It is memorable the stylization of the waves of the sea, created by the movement of the arms and heads of actors that stood in front of the stage below a big backdrop made of HSE - Tempesta silk, precisely.
Tragedy in five acts
First night
London, Whitehall Palace, 1611

costume design
Construction responsible
Aurelio Caracci
Stage direction

1977 / 1978

Materials used in this production

Flat making

Fabric: tailoring types

HSE - Tempesta

Silks and satins

Luciano Damiani

Some Masters

Rear-illuminated backdrops

Vinyl backdrops: typologies

RTE - Temporale

Rear-projection films

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