Link: http://www.operavivra.com/blog/need-talk-projections/I get why projections appeal so much to directors. They allow settings to be completely transformed quickly. They can move, unlike painted walls. They can show a characters’ thoughts or dreams without awkward appearances by three-dimensional dancers or ghosts.
They also have inherent limitations. They are not interactive (unless you invest significant additional effort to make them so), so they don’t give singers something to do. They encourage an abstractness of setting that makes acting difficult. (In my experience, projections are rarely used to simply create a specific time and place.) They allow directors to jump from one image to another without fully developing their ideas.
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