The Opus has been given for outstanding stage projects during Prolight + Sound since 2002. A jury of experts from the industry, associations and trade publications, as well as representatives of Messe Frankfurt, honours new, exceptional approaches to the creative use of technology. The honorary award is sponsored by the Professional Lighting & Sound Association of Germany (Verband für Licht-, Ton- und Veranstaltungstechnik - VPLT), the European Association of Event Centres (Europäischer Verband der Veranstaltungs-Centren - EVVC) and Messe Frankfurt GmbH.
Opus honours the creative and innovative use of event technology in projects, such as:
- Theatre and stage productions
- Concerts and tours
- Conferences and corporate events
- Urban festivals and open-air events
The Opus Award Ceremony 2019 will take place on 4 April, in Hall 4.1.
The winners 2019
Category of Theatre – artistic and technical realisation: "The Parallel World"
Two theatres, two stages, two auditoriums with a dual audience in two cities, who act as if they were one. "The Parallel World" is a play which tells the story of one person from birth to death. The stages present the plot in opposite directions (birth – death, death – birth). The strands of the plot meet only once in the middle of the play. The two theatrical groups are a counterpoint to each other. At this moment all certainties about our existence finally falter. Natural laws go mad; images of reality begin to dance.
At the Dortmund Theatre and the Berliner Ensemble seven actors each take the stage. They are filmed and wear microphones. What they say and what the cameras see can be viewed on a screen in the other city in as good as real-time. In each of the theatres, along with the screen story, the audience see the "genuine" events on "their" stage. That the actors play in parallel and also interact with each other is made possible because the delay of about 0.3 seconds is hardly noticeable.
With this production Kay Voges is consistently pursuing the path which he already began many years ago: he is developing a new theatrical language by making modern media a part of the content and incorporating it in the overall aesthetic.
Category of Tour – lighting design: "Woman Worldwide" tour by band Justice
The second Opus 2019 is a personal award to Vincent Lerisson for the unusual and variable lighting design for the "Woman Worldwide" tour by the French electro-band Justice. As lighting designer Lerisson is a permanent member of the band.
The show largely dispenses with the video content often used in stage productions of this genre. Instead, Lerisson relies on the use of the very latest technology, great depth through focused lighting from the wings and various levels in the roof, and extremely precise timing: thus his impressive light show enjoys a perfect symbiosis with the songs played and the two artistes. The particular highlight of his stage design were the movable stage elements. These consisted of triangular structures, mounted on media spinners. On each of the three sides different surfaces were installed – a mirror, Chromlech Elidy and a video surface with 6mm pixel pitch. A further element in the stage show are the walls of sound, more familiar in rock concerts, which optically broaden the stage and in the course of the show surprise by becoming light sources themselves. The whole set design is extremely efficient for the surface employed: it opens out the space and frames the artistes, who in front of the Chromlech Elidys frequently appear as silhouettes.
The starting date for the Woman Worldwide Tour was March 2018 in Bogotá. There followed performances in over 20 countries on five continents.