In Simon McBurney’s recent production for De Nederlandse Opera we used a kind of visual foley to create scenery – objects in abstract close up becoming mountains or chalk drawings creating the texture of a forest, constantly merging from one into another. On top of this was layered pre recorded footage or other live cameras. The production transferred to the ENO in 2013.
We used a series of broken projection surfaces that actors, signers, chorus and extras were constantly moving though. We could project from the front, the back and all over the floor.
Schikaneder, great showman-impresario that he was, would surely have approved