Projecting visual images during concert performances
Date: October 29, 2015
I looked in the archive before posting, but did not see anything that addressed my questions in much detail.
I've been engaged by a professional choir to prepare a slide show to be shown during performance of a major oratorio. During the recits (narratives), the slides will display only the texts of the English translation; during arias and choral movements (reflective texts), the slides will show images of artworks from a local museum with whom we are collaborating, along with the texts (these are much shorter texts that the recit texts).
Of course, we are working closely with the museum as to image slection and quality, permissions, etc., and we have professionals handling the technical aspects of the projection process (hardware, software, etc). We will have two very large screens, one on either side of the chancel, and will use readable fonts and large size for texts, etc, so as to have everything legible. We will do quite a bit of testing to ensure visibility and legibility. In all cases, the texts will be displayed in real time, as the music unfolds, so they will be on multiple slides. No crowded, tiny texts.
We are also hoping to provide a nicely-printed and specially designed keepsake booklet that will contain the libretto, the images, essays from the artistic director and museum specilist, and notes about the images (as well as credits, etc.). We also hope to have all this information posted on the ensemble's website in advance of the concert.
If you have done this sort of thing before, I would welcome your advice, caveats, suggestions, success stories, disaster stories -- anything that would help us to create a memorable, enriching experience for our audience.
I'm particularly interested in hearing your experience with --
Technical matters - What could go wrong? What should we anticipate?
Marketing - Did you do any special sort of outreach beyond your normal PR avenues? Did you collaborate with the museum to promote the event? Did it pay off?
Reaction - Did the audience like it? Hate it? Why and how? What did the performers think? Media critics? Funders?
Money - What expenses should we anticipate? Any surprises?
Collaboration - Did you run into any unexpected situations with museum collaborators?
Thanks very much for sharing your advice and experience.
Sarah Hager Johnston, BMus, MLS