On the evening of the 5th March 2015, the sports hall of the Comberton Village College, Cambridge was colonised by a riotous carnival of animals, as the Orchestre de Picardie's production of Benjamin Britten's opera Noye's Fludde crossed the channel for its final two performances. Loyal followers of the Computer Animation Arts' blog will know all about our course's involvement with this production, which saw us commissioned to visualise its specialist props. First performed at the Cirque Jules Verne, Amiens, these final UK-based performances also mark the final phase of the ACT project - a series of EU-funded creative collaborations that have seen our students, staff and alumni work together to create some truly transformative outcomes.
Noye's Fludde - Programme
Animator, artist, photographer and CAA alumnus, Tom Beg accompanied me to the Cambridge performance to ensure we captured Noye's Fludde's last hurrah in all its spectacle and colour. If you haven't done so already, check out Tom's photographs from the original Amiens performance here and here. Tom's Comberton images will follow soon; until then, enjoy these images taken just before, and during the final dress rehearsal before curtain up.
|Stage manager Rémy Gruénais holds aloft our fold-out sun during a lighting test|
|These mugs were used as instruments during the performance!|
|The child performers of Noye's Fludde practice with Tine Bech's illuminations|
|Mr & Mrs Noye enter, wearing costumes designed and made by the staff and students of Creative Arts For Theatre & Film|
|Our ark - fabricated by kite-maker, Karl Longbottom - assembles!|
|Arie Van Beek conducts!|
|Our rainbow unfolds right on cue!|
|Our rainbow and celestial bodies - again, courtesy of Karl Longbottom|
|Noye's Fludde's director, Amy Lane, congratulates the performers|