Olafur Eliasson’s Prismatic Vision for ‘Phaedra’

September 17th, 2007

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Ruth Walz for Staatsoper-Berlin

Opera-goers in Berlin viewed a special treat during Hans Werner Henze’s latest production of Phaedra at the Staatsoper. Danish-born artist Olafur Eliasson designed the sets for the two-act production.

Artnet.de’s Gerrit Gohlke said that the artist “seems not to interpret the composer but rather confront the medium of opera itself”. Eliasson’s use of prisms, two-way mirrors and lighting machines turns the stage into an interesting portal that forces the audience to stare into infinite reflections of the actors.

A retrospective of the artist’s work opened last week at San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art and will be on view through February 24, 2008.

Eliasson at the Opera [Artnet]
Dazzling music, murky meaning [FT]