We go back in time to the beginning of the rich history of film. The discovery of the moving image appealed to the imagination and the possibility of special effects gave a boost to creative ideas. One thing that was still a challenge, however, was to provide the films with sound. Therefore a musician or orchestra accompanied the performances live, a foley artist mimicked the sounds in the film, and sometimes an actor spoke the lyrics.
For ORCHESTRASCOPE, video artist Erato Tzavara and composer/musician Filipe Raposo chose a series of films from the early cinema, dusted them off and edited them for this performance. Filipe provides them with new music and gets behind the piano himself. Surrounded by an orchestra and assisted by foley artist Rémi Decker, he breathes new life into these old films.
To make the show complete, the audience, too, gets a role in this extraordinary circus of image and sound. In this new production Zonzo Compagnie once again experiments with sound and music and the possibilities of involving the audience in a playful dialogue.
composition Filipe Raposo
video design Erato Tzavara
stage direction & script Purni Morell
light design Manuel Abrantes & Ana Catarina Carocinho Carvalho
technical design Arthur De Vuyst
performance Filipe Raposo (piano), Rémi Decker (foley artist) and local orchestra
A production by Zonzo Compagnie in coproduction with Fabrica das Artes (Centro Cultural de Belém) and Opéra de Rouen Normandie. With the support of the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union. Thanks to Ed Devane.