November 29, 2021

Coming soon: Kinetika tells the history of the Royal Opera House with silk banner installation

Kinetika, the not-for-profit outdoor arts company, is set to unveil its latest piece of work: a history of the Royal Opera House told across 12 giant painted silks.

The installation will open to the public at 10am on Friday 4th September, with the silks hung in the Royal Opera House’s iconic Paul Hamlyn Hall as part of the Deloitte Ignite 2015 festival.

It tells the story of the Royal Opera House through 12 11m-long banners.

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The first group of six banners illustrates the history of the three theatres that have stood on the Covent Garden site since 1732. The banners show the evolution of the architecture and the changing nature of the performances at the theatre; the establishment of The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet; and the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House in the late 1990s – as well as offering a glimpse of plans for the future of this historic building. A second group of three banners celebrates the world-class music, dance and singing that are synonymous with the Royal Opera House. The last three banners focus on the activities of the Learning and Participation Department, the backstage technical departments who make the productions possible and the audiences who enjoy the performances.

The installation is open to the public to view for free from Friday 4th September until 4.30pm on Sunday 6th September.

The Deloitte Ignite 2015 festival is inspired by the craftsmanship and behind-the-scenes activity at the Royal Opera House. For those who wish to learn the method behind the creation of the silks, Kinetika will also host free, hour-long Batik workshops on Saturday 5 September (11am–6pm) and Sunday 6 September (11am–4.30pm).

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