Carmina Burana

Budapest, Hungarian State Opera
Budapest, Hungary
Erkel Theatre
Thu 03 October 19:00
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Synopsis
Magical images in 3D
For 15 years, painter and organist Ágnes Zászkaliczky and conductor and cellist Tibor Bogányi have been working together on finding ways to attract a wider range of audience segments to classical concerts by enhancing their productions with singular visual experiences: Zászkaliczky selects projected material from paintings created expressly for the given musical piece. Their largest-scale effort to date is the super-production Carmina Burana, which they put together with the world-renowned Budapest-based Freelusion Studio.
“We worked out the basic concept of Carmina Burana together with librettist Attila Könnyű. Not long after the idea was conceived, we found the Freelusion team, whose unique technical and artistic expertise allowed us to raise the concept of “visual concerts” to a new level. Through this collaboration, we developed real-time three-dimensional visual material that is in perfect harmony with the music. The essence of the concept is the fact that it is not the visuals that dictate the tempo, but rather the music: it is not the conductor’s task to “accompany” an existing film or animation, like at so many concerts of film music, for example. Instead, the music takes centre stage, and everything else adapts to it. We therefore had to create a form of animation that would be suitable for following the music live during the concert.
In the music, Orff followed and expressed the messages of the songs with extraordinary sensitivity. Starting from Orff’s own concept, we have selected “magical images” that reinforce the effect of the music without suppressing it, and which make the text more profound without illustrating it. The dynamic of the moods of the projection is organised along the lines of the major movements. We’ve built upon ancient symbols that can be found both in Hungarian and universal motif systems. Tímea Papp, Freelusion’s superb choreographer, we decided which movements would also incorporate dance to be performed by the outstanding dancers from the Hungarian National Ballet. We hope this will transport the audience to a magical virtual reality through Orff’s elemental music and the unique visual experience.”
Tibor Bogányi and Ágnes Zászkaliczky
Credits
General cast
Conductor
Tibor Bogányi
Soprano
Rita Rácz / Erika Miklósa
Tenor
Tibor Szappanos / István Horváth
Baritone
Zsolt Haja
Dancers
N.N.
Featuring
N.N.
Prologue
N.N.
Credits
Concept
Tibor Bogányi / Attila Könnyű / Ágnes Zászkaliczky
Artistic director
Tibor Bogányi / Ágnes Zászkaliczky
Conductor, director
Tibor Bogányi
3D projection mapping
Freelusion
Choreographer, visual designer
Papp Tímea
Chief graphic designer
Ádám Herczeg
Costume designer
Mónika Szelei
Chorus director
Gábor Csiki
Head of the children's chorus
Nikolett Hajzer
Hungarian surtitles
Ferenc Pödör
English surtitles
N.N.

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  • Synopsis

    Magical images in 3D
    For 15 years, painter and organist Ágnes Zászkaliczky and conductor and cellist Tibor Bogányi have been working together on finding ways to attract a wider range of audience segments to classical concerts by enhancing their productions with singular visual experiences: Zászkaliczky selects projected material from paintings created expressly for the given musical piece. Their largest-scale effort to date is the super-production Carmina Burana, which they put together with the world-renowned Budapest-based Freelusion Studio.
    “We worked out the basic concept of Carmina Burana together with librettist Attila Könnyű. Not long after the idea was conceived, we found the Freelusion team, whose unique technical and artistic expertise allowed us to raise the concept of “visual concerts” to a new level. Through this collaboration, we developed real-time three-dimensional visual material that is in perfect harmony with the music. The essence of the concept is the fact that it is not the visuals that dictate the tempo, but rather the music: it is not the conductor’s task to “accompany” an existing film or animation, like at so many concerts of film music, for example. Instead, the music takes centre stage, and everything else adapts to it. We therefore had to create a form of animation that would be suitable for following the music live during the concert.
    In the music, Orff followed and expressed the messages of the songs with extraordinary sensitivity. Starting from Orff’s own concept, we have selected “magical images” that reinforce the effect of the music without suppressing it, and which make the text more profound without illustrating it. The dynamic of the moods of the projection is organised along the lines of the major movements. We’ve built upon ancient symbols that can be found both in Hungarian and universal motif systems. Tímea Papp, Freelusion’s superb choreographer, we decided which movements would also incorporate dance to be performed by the outstanding dancers from the Hungarian National Ballet. We hope this will transport the audience to a magical virtual reality through Orff’s elemental music and the unique visual experience.”
    Tibor Bogányi and Ágnes Zászkaliczky

  • Credits

    General cast
    Conductor
    Tibor Bogányi
    Soprano
    Rita Rácz / Erika Miklósa
    Tenor
    Tibor Szappanos / István Horváth
    Baritone
    Zsolt Haja
    Dancers
    N.N.
    Featuring
    N.N.
    Prologue
    N.N.
    Credits
    Concept
    Tibor Bogányi / Attila Könnyű / Ágnes Zászkaliczky
    Artistic director
    Tibor Bogányi / Ágnes Zászkaliczky
    Conductor, director
    Tibor Bogányi
    3D projection mapping
    Freelusion
    Choreographer, visual designer
    Papp Tímea
    Chief graphic designer
    Ádám Herczeg
    Costume designer
    Mónika Szelei
    Chorus director
    Gábor Csiki
    Head of the children's chorus
    Nikolett Hajzer
    Hungarian surtitles
    Ferenc Pödör
    English surtitles
    N.N.

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