• Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, 2013

A co-design with Nina Dunn, the Mariinsky’s current production of Gounod’s Faust opened in the old Mariinsky building in April 2013, transferring to the new Mariinsky 2 building in June.

Isabella Bywater’s production, referencing Goethe over the more romantic style of Gounod, took place in a crumbling ‘house’ set, backed by a peeled paper projection screen. We created footage from a variety of sources, many of which were real paintings recoloured and animated to slowly crawl or creep over the backdrop, creating a shifting oil-painting effect.

Filmed characters were shot in Russia and inserted into various scenes, projected onto gauze windows as the aging Faust spies on teenage Margarete next door.