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SET TRACTION WITH HORIZONTAL WINCH

Sep 2019 | Opera

As a two-act Opera inspired by the eponymous text of Evgenie Zamiatine, L’Inondation is a commission of the Opéra Comique, written by Joël Pommerat who signs his first original opera libretto.

The story takes place in a suburb of St. Petersburg, a building near the river sheltering a few people including a couple inhabited by sadness. The monumental decor consisting of 3 floors is standing on the stage.
One night at the end of winter, the girl on the top floor whose father has just died, is brought home to the couple. The man and the woman decide to welcome the orphan. But as the months pass, the man and the girl come closer, while the woman is slowly eaten away by jealousy and madness.

As the drama nears its end, the set is slowly moving towards the back of the stage. This is where ExMachina comes in.

With a pulling capacity of 1 ton horizontally, the winch designed, called Double Horizontal Winch (DHW), allows to put 8 tons in translation at a maximum speed of 30 cm/s, on an eight-meters course from the front of the stage towards the back. Placed behind the set in the middle of the stage, this almost silent winch simultaneously winds two cables running towards stage left and right. These cables are then directed to the back of the structure thanks to pulleys.

The building retracts to make way for the final scenes of the play. We won’t tell you more …

This show was broadcast live on October 3 on Arte Concert and November 6, 2019 on France Musique.

Musical director: Emilio Pomárico
Sets and lights: Eric Soyer

The Opera is touring:
Opéra de Rennes 15, 16, 18th of January 2020
Angers Nantes Opera 29, 30th of January, 1st and 2nd of February 2020

Credit photo : @Stefan Brion