Styriarte 2017 in full swing

The 2017 version of the Styriarte festival is now in full swing in going into it’s second week. Here are two impressions, shot by myself, lighting design by myself

Three more interresting weeks to go.

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Psalm 2017

Like  i already mentioned in my last post, with my new website http://www.thomasbernhardt.at
online now, the content I will post on this blog will slightly change.
I would like to show more backstage information, also about my second profession as a lighting designer in the entertainment industry.
So here I have the pleasure to tell you about a recurring collaboration with one of my favourite clients: The Styriarte in Graz, Austria.
Again, I will work for Psalm, their annual Easter music festival which will happen between April the 9th and April the 17th at the Helmut List Halle, Graz, Austria. (http://www.helmut-list-halle.com/home).
I have done a lot of work in this venue over the years, so it’s also a kind of homecoming for me. To know the people, to know the gear to work with, makes live a lot easier during lighting a festival, were you have to expect the unexpected always.
The theme of this years festival is “fruitful” (Fruchtbar in German), and they produced a very nice festival subject:

Sujet Psalm 2017
©Oxana Zaytseva

In  my design I will try to follow this intentions as far as possible with the lights, the mood and the colours, despite too much red can get easily too much in a nightclub setting. So to keep the balance there is important.

You can find the program of the festival and a lot of information about the artists and their music here on Styriartes website:
http://styriarte.com/psalm/
I will post some shots of the lighting and the festival as soon as possible,

See you soon!

 

A traditional dance

Like I said, I was working as lighting designer and lighting director for the styriarte 2015, a music festival that centres around old and classical music. This production was a bit off, however. It merged classical music from the barock area with traditional Styrian folk music and dance. As is turned out, the gap is not that far as you may think.

The production was staged in the lovely surroundings of the Austrian Freilichtmuseum in Stübing, north of Graz. This museum tries to preserve traditional Austrian farm houses from the last century. They are dismantled piece by piece before they are going to be destroyed and put together in the museum as originally as possible. If you are anywhere nearby, it’s true worth a visit!

cello

A reahearsal for Psalm festival 2015, Helmut List Halle, Graz, Styria, Austria
cello player Astrig Siranossian during a rehearsal for Psalm festival 2015, performing for the same Stranvinsky piece like her sister in the last post. Shot from a rehearsal for the annual Psalm festival, Helmut List Halle, Graz. Styria, Austria. Stage lighting design and direction by myself.

Violin

Psalm Fsetival 2015, Graz, Austria. Rehearsal photo.
Violin player Chouchane Siranossian during a rehearsal at Psalm Festival 2015. Once again, I had the honour to design and direct the lighting for this prestigious Easter festival. This shot was taken at a rehearsal  for Igor Stravinsky’s “L’Histoire du soldat”.