As Big as the Sky — gallery installation
from the early beginning of the design process, Ai Weiwei suggested that in addition to performing the opera in his set, we put it on display in museums or galleries, making the opera accessible to a larger audience.
In May 2016 the New Institute and OperaDagen Rotterdam premiered this special and all new version of the opera, a gallery installation of Weiwei's set, with his film projected on and through it, together with the 'Rock Screen' prop by Studio VTH&V on which selected scenes from the opera are projected.
Together the large set and the rock screen create an audio visual opera environment one can freely wander around in. The total duration is 40 minu
tes, and plays in a constant loop.
installation photos by Petra van der Ree, stage photos by Ada Nieuwendijk