“Spectre’s Bride” a Video with puppets by Francesca Borgatta Based on Antonin Dvorak’s Spectre’s Bride.
Francesca made this video at the suggestion of BCCO Bass Roy Nierenberg. He took her to see a rehearsal in Sept 2018 and she was profoundly moved by the music and the story. She attended several rehearsals, and was given a copy of the score. She remains indebted to Ming Luke for his dynamic interpretation of the music and his careful explanations to set the scene and describe the details of the musical passage.
Francesca made a proposal to the BCCO Board for the inclusion of puppets in the performance. They told her they would consider a video projection included with the subtitles. When it was not possible, Francesca continued working with her crew to prepare a video version of the story a recording by the Hamburg PhiloHarmonische Orchestre. The film premiered in August 2019, and has been accepted at several film festivals. It won the Storytellers Award at the Berkeley Film and Video festival.
The Spectre’s Bride is a short film (29 minutes) made with puppets and sets. It tells the story of the abandoned bride and the Spectre who kidnaps her and takes her on a night-long journey. The attempt was to be faithful to the music and choreograph the gestures closely. The following are ten images with captions of scenes from the film.
There will be a link to view the video.