A bold performance depicting Anderson’s Fairy Tales was set to be performed in the Museum of Moscow.
The unusual play from the Theatre Workshop of Arina Moroz would have no border between the stage and the audience and would see the actors co-performing with pre-filmed video projections of the snow queen, ballerina, raven and deer.
The production needed incredibly bright projectors to bring the fairy tale land to life while also competing with both the stage lighting and an LED screen installed on the stage.
Founded in 1896, the Museum of Moscow has been located in the former Provisions Warehouses in Zubovsky Boulevard since 2009. “The nine metre high white brick walls of this former food depot inspired us to turn the space into a surface for projections”, explained Project Manager Arina Moroz.
The space for the performance was divided into two parts. The corridor was transformed into a forest through which Andersen leads the audience. They arrive at the main hall, where the main performance takes place, which reflects the old town. Each child receives a vintage lantern as a gift so they become not just a spectator, but a participant in the performance.
A range of Optoma projectors was used in the performance including the short throw models EH460ST, WU515ST and the powerful EH505 with a short throw lens. The installation also used the WU515T, EH500 and EH320USTi ultra short throw projector.
A rear projection in the corridor was created with the Optoma EH320USTi Full HD ultra short throw projector, which can project a 100” image from just half a metre from a screen or wall. The corridor ceiling was lit up with the EH500, to create an unusual, festive atmosphere for visitors before entering the main hall.
The short-focus optics and high brightness of the EH460ST and WU515ST projectors were perfect to project onto the nine-metre high walls in the hall. The scenery of trees and houses, made of white projection grids, were brought alive through projection mapping with the WU515T projector.
The play premiered on 22nd December 2018 and ran for over two weeks to Sunday 6th January 2019.
The play was a unique combination of complex visual special effects and video projections which created unexpectedly magical effects to the delight of the audience! The scenery, LED screens, projection and new theatrical technologies made it possible to transform the Provisions Warehouses of the Museum of Moscow into a fabulous space with no border between the stage and the audience.
Andrey Morozevich, ProScene Optoma manager in Russia and CIS, said: “The Provisions Warehouses of the Museum of Moscow is a place of high ceilings and white brick walls - almost purpose-built for projection! This play transformed the venue into a magical world and combined creative ideas with new technologies - to stunning effect.”
Film production company, RD Studio, supported the Theatre Workshop of Arina Moroz with the performance. Russian TV presenter and CEO of RD Studio, Valdis Pelsh, said: “With the help of computer graphics in Andersen's Fairy Tales, we were able to transform the space from a snow-covered city into an enchanted castle and then into the Snow Queen's Palace. I am so glad to have been part of this New Year's magic.”
Arina Moroz added: “We made this performance the way we would have wanted to see theatre when we were children and invested a lot of time, heart and technical magic into the performance”.
The Museum of Moscow
Founded in 1896 , the Museum of Moscow depicts life in the city throughout its history and contains more than one million artefacts. It has been located in the former Provisions Warehouses in Zubovsky Boulevard since 2009, which boasts a vast exposition space and a very diverse events programme.
Theatre Workshop of Arina Moroz
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Founded in 2013, RD Studio is a predominantly a motion picture company.