Dataton Provides Perfect Backdrop for Otello in China








With a powerful creative team led by internationally recognized director Giancarlo del Monaco and an orchestra conducted by Liu Jia, the Musical Diretor of the Verona Opera House, this new production of one of Verdi’s best-known operas represents an intriguing blend of artistic tradition with contemporary audiovisual technology.


Audio Visual Technique, Dataton Premium Partner for China and Hong Kong, has supplied WATCHOUT to the NCPA, where the ability to use scenography based on vast dynamic images has become an essential part of the venue’s creative repertoire.


Kenneth Cheung, Managing Director of Audio Visual Technique, comments: “The use of video, and in particular multiple projectors seamlessly edge-blended to produce a single, all-embracing image, is on the rise throughout the theatrical world, and nowhere more so than in China. The NCPA wanted to augment, and in some cases even replace, traditional theatrical backdrops with dynamic visual imagery, and we had no hesitation in recommending WATCHOUT to them for this purpose.”


With a libretto by 19th-century poet Arrigo Boito based on Shakespeare’s great tragedy Othello, Verdi’s opera received its premiere at La Scala, Milan in February 1887. The work is widely regarded as one of the most impressive operatic adaptations of Shakespeare ever created, but its wide variety of constantly shifting landscapes presents a challenge to creative directors. No problem for WATCHOUT, as Fredrik Svahnberg, Marketing Director, Dataton, explains:


“When a theatre installs WATCHOUT, it gives its creative team ‘carte blanche’ to produce scenography limited only by their imagination. Cumbersome and time-consuming changes of physical backdrop become a thing of the past and, as we can see in this production of Otello, they can be replaced with stunning visual imagery which, thanks to WATCHOUT’s scheduling capabilities, changes in complete synchronisation with the performance.”


The NCPA’s production of Otello will run from 11-13 April, and Dataton is delighted to be taking a group of journalists on an exclusive technical tour of the venue on Wednesday 10 April, the first day of the InfoComm China tradeshow, when rehearsals will be in full swing and the full capabilities of the venue’s WATCHOUT system will be explained.