I was hired to create interactive projection designs for a Juilliard Technology Center production of Igor Stravinsky's Histoire du Soldat. The play is a Faustian tale about a soldier who trades his fiddle to the devil in return for a book that predicts the future of the stock market.
Working with director Yara Travieso and Juilliard's Music Technology Center, I composed images based on 20th century propaganda posters. During the play, these images are projected over the stage and evolve into simple animations that incorporate live-action footage.
The devil, played by Alejandro Rodriguez, was filmed in front of a green screen. In each scene, he emerges from one of the billboards. Travieso and video editor Abe Halpert filmed and incorporated this footage based on my designs. They then created animated elements in each scene based on my story boards and using my multi-layered Photoshop compositions.
The production premiered at the Bowdoin International Music Festival in 2010, and a selection was shown at the 2010 Juilliard Convocation. Most recently, it was staged for the opening night of the 2011 Beyond the Machine Festival at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.