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Icons is a film series, created in collaboration with Vincent Van Dijck for the Opera Forward festival , that took place from March 13 - 26, 2018. Commissioned by the Dutch National Opera, each film exposes a different fragment from some of the most iconic productions from their more than 50 years of history.

The starting point of this project was Dutch National Opera's long standing curatorial dedication to reflect on contemporary political events and individual's struggle within intense and oppressive social climate.

Although most of these narratives were created decades ago, we wanted to show their relevance at the present day. Using contemporary visual language, we created a digital scenography for each of the opera productions. All the design elements were made, considering the different time lines hidden in the pieces: the moment of writing, the moment of the narrative, the moment of the play and the present. This way the work becomes relatable to a new audience unfamiliar with Dutch National Opera's work and to the audience who has been following the art of opera for a longer period of time.

 

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