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How was Ingmar Bergman’s film The Magic Flute painted?

 
OISTAT is organizing a workshop in 18th century Italien scene painting with Ingmar Bergman’s painter. It’s being held in the historic theatre of Confidencen, Solna.
 
As model we will use scenery, wings, from the Drottningholms Slottsteater, created in the latter half of the 18th century. By copying some of these wings we will learn about old techniques and materials used at the time. We will end with looking at the wings being mounted on frames and seeing the scenery lit by candlelight on the stage of Confidencen Palace Theatre. The workshop also includes a study visit to the Drottningholms Slottsteater.
 
Anna-Lena Hansen, scene painter, started at the Royal Opera House, Stockholm, in 1965. She has since then painted several theatre, film and TV-productions. Ingmar Bergman’s film The Magic Flute, Phantom of the Opera and Billie August’s movie The Best Intentions are some of them. She also painted scenery for the Opera di Roma, Rome, and Comédie-Française, Paris.
 
My Leffler, scene painter, started 1977. She has since then painted several theater, film and TV-productions. Phantom of the Opera and Billie August’s The Best Intentions are some of them. She also painted scenery for Confidencen and Drottningholms Slottsteater.
 
Workshop venue:
The court theatre at Ulriksdal Palace features the oldest original theatre interior in Sweden, designed 1753 by the theatre architect Carl Fredrik Adelcrantz. The building itself had originally been constructed as riding stables in the 1670’s. On Queen Lovisa Ulrika’s initiative it was converted into a theatre. Next to the auditorium, elegant salons were furnished for the royal family and their guests. One salon is equipped with a “table à confidence”, i.e. a dinner table that can descend, through a trapdoor, to a kitchen in the basement where it can be lain and then hoisted upwards again. In this way the royal family could dine without any eavesdropping servants. The theatre is named after this salon. The rococo-style auditorium holds more than 200 seats. In 2003 a reconstruction of the old stage machinery was realized and a new set of scenery in the style of the 1700’s was made especially for Confidencen. Confidencen today offers an extensive summer season of drama, opera, concerts and ballets.
 
Preliminary workshop programme
Maximum number of participants: 12
Sunday 30.8.2020
19:00 – 21:00 Introduction to 18th century stage painting
 
Monday 31.8 – Wednesday 2.9
All days 09:00 – 18:00 Workshops including painting techniques, preparation of colors/paint, preparation of canvas, brushes and tools, etc
 
Thursday 3.9
09:00 – 12:00 Mounting canvas on frames, methods and techniques.
13:00 – 16:00 Study visit: Drottningholm Court theatre and painting techniques of scenery. In co-operation with the Drottningholms Slottsteater.
 
Participant fee:
Workshop fee 6400 SEK
Workshop fee/ students 3000 SEK
 
Workshop fee will include:
30.8. Theory class – the basics in historical stage paining
31.8-2.9 Workshop – stage painting. Four days tutoring, including colors and canvas.
3.9 Workshop - mounting canvas. Study visit Drottningholms Slottsteater. Transportation to venue by local transport.
 
More detailed information will be provided in the letter confirming participation.
 
Food, transportation and accommodation are not included in the fee.
 
For those also wanting to participate in the Conference by Candlelight 4 – 6.9.2020, please note that you need to apply to workshop and conference at the same time. The conference fee is paid additionally.
 
For more information about the workshop please contact:
Anna-Lena Hansen: annalenahansen@yahoo.se
Ulf Nielsen, scandlight2018@gmail.com
 
 
 
 
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