Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, ''Swan Lake''


The stage is predisposed for the dance with the grey TSM - Silviagrips floor, while a reflecting circular area in its center, realized with the TST - Silviastar mirror dance floor, symbolically represents the lake.
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A Tripolina string curtain 7. light grey, height 6,5 m, creates a hemicycle that follows the circular profile of the lake and is used as a surface for frontal projections.
The Tripolina string curtain is suspended to a semicircular structure. On the sides of the scene there are four wings made of black QLA - Laccato.The clouds represent one of the stages of physical transformation of the water - the vapour.
The back-lighing underlines the presence of the Rear-illuminated cyclorama realized with the film for rear-projections RAR - Arizona that closes the background of the scene.
The descent on the scene of a second grey Tripolina string curtain completes a transparent wall that follows the whole round perimeter of the lake.A refined scenographical metaphor that alludes to a glass: that one with the water infected by the cholera that would have provoked the death of Tchaikovsky.
A black Tripolina string curtain goes down at times to cover the grey one, so allowing further variations the illumination of the scene.The hemicycles made of black and grey NTR - Tripolina receive the frontal projections coming both from the inside of the circle and from the back of the hall and ...
... together with the Rear-illuminated cyclorama and the TST - Silviastar mirror floor, allow the scenography to play with a multiplicity of layers for projection, rear-projection and reflection.A multiplicity used for the visual illustration of the physical transformations of the water - and as a consequence those of the human personality - that constitute the metaphoric filter through which this interpretation of the masterpiece Tchaikovsky is here proposed.
The snow of this image completes, together with the ice, the rain and the vapor of the clouds, the representation of the physical transformations of the water.Transformations that the scenography has inserted in the symbolic circularity of the lake (the complete and nonstop circle of the phases of transformation) and of the glass (the nonstop circle of life and death).
Ballet in a prologue and three acts
Vladimir Petrovich Begichev
Paul Chalmer
First night
Moscow, Bolshoi Theatre, 20/2/1877

technical direction
Italo Grassi
Costume design
Giulia Bonaldi
Light design
Valerio Tiberi
Visual design
Sergio Metalli


Materials used in this production

NTR - Tripolina

Materials for string curtains

RAR - Arizona

Rear-projection films

Rear-illuminated backdrops

Vinyl backdrops: typologies

Tripolina string curtains

Projection / transparency backdrops

TSM - Silviagrips

Dance floors

TST - Silviastar

Dance floors

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