I made the video projection design for the opera VESPERTINE. Vespertine is an opera based on Björk’s album Vespertine, staged by Hotel Pro Forma and The National Theatre Mannheim. Vespertine is a visual poem about cells, transformation, frequencies.
I created the video projection using real microscopic visualizations from Core Facility for Integrated Microscopy at The Panum Institute in Copenhagen. I animated and adapted visuals of blood vessels from a mouse and rat brain, pig and rat kitney, haircells, lungs and more.
Idea, stage adaptation, transcription, orchestration and additional music:
Jan Dvořák / Peter Häublein / Roman Vinuesa /
Dramaturgy: Julia Warnemünde
Director: Kirsten Dehlholm / Jon R. Skulberg
Stage design: Maja Ziska
Video design: Adam Ryde Ankarfeldt
Light design: Jesper Kongshaug
Premiere: National Theater Mannheim, Manheim, Germany, May 2018
»Adam Ryde Ankarfeldt’s video visualisation delve deep into the microscopic. Fantastic worlds of colour and shapes appear, are projected. Photographs and videos of cells, the network inside the brain as well as the microscopic, translucent building blocks of life. It is staged in visionary and utopian style, with Maja Ziska’s scenography and Fredrik Floen’s costumes.«
DIE RHEINPFALZ (DE):
»…Similarly, anyone in the audience at the almost sold-out National Theatre encounters an overwhelming blend of video-art, Adam Ryde Ankarfeldt, imaginative stage design... «
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