Dance Project “CARMEN”

180° Panorama Shoot about the education program of the Berlin Philharmonics.

In the context of the education program of the Berlin Philharmonics, the internationally well-known choreographer Sasha Waltz staged the Carmen Suite by Rodion Schtschedrin after Georges Bizet’s opera „Carmen“. 120 pupils of five different high schools from Berlin rehearsed the modern dance for eight weeks in the Arena Berlin in Treptow, in order to perform it for three nights with the Berlin Philharmonics, directed by Sir Simon Rattle.
The Fraunhofer Institute seized the opportunity to capture the production with the brand new 180-Degree-Omnicam. This special mirror rig was built to capture panoramic scenes in the highest quality, distortion-free and without displacement of the parallax.
For the first time, the 180-Degree-Omnicam Rig was set up with six ARRI Alexa-Ms. The signal streams were recorded onto three VENICE devices by DVS Digital Video Systems GmbH, resulting in a 6K horizontal resolution per stitched frame! The complete shoot, including extensive postproduction, was executed by KUK Filmproduktion GmbH of Munich, directed by Josef Kluger, experienced through numerous other panorama shoots. The technical supply was made available through ARRI Munich and DVS Digital Video Systems GmbH. The project was also supported by the EU funded research project FascinatE (Format Agnostic SCript-based INterAcTive Experience), which will evaluate the results.

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