The Return 2015

Commissioned by The Metropolitan Musuem of Art, New York

 

The Return pioneers a dynamic form of storytelling. For this piece, Farrington fuses the strengths of scripted drama with new technology to animate the complex history of Tullio Lombardo’s Adam (on display in the gallery).  An actor backstage controls a digital avatar that interacts with visitors in the gallery to enliven episodes in the sculpture’s life, from its commission and meaning in the Renaissance Venice, to its movement across Europe and the Atlantic in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, to its damage in 202 and repair over the following years.

 

 

The innovative combination of theater with motion-capture and digital animation allows a single actor to engage with the audience and switch between characters including the biblical figure of Adam, an engineered model of the sculpture that aided its restoration, and the marble sculpture itself. 

 

New York Times Video

Wall Street Journal Video 

Time Lapse Video of Install in @ the Met

Created By 

Reid Farrington

 

Written by                                                                   

Sara Farrington

 

Performers                                                                 

Roger Casey

Cara Francis

Jack Frederick

Catherine Gowl

Gavin Price

Stephanie Regina

                                                                                        

Concept Development                                     

Frank Boudreaux & R. Eric Bowers

 

Virtual Puppetry &  Performance Design                                                  

Athomas Goldberg & Lifelike and Believable Animation Design

 

Creative Technologist                                          

Todd Bryant

 

Sound Design

Juan Aboites

 

Original Music                                            

David Van Tieghem

 

Digital Set Design                                                    

Todd Bryant & R. Eric Bowers

 

Digital Light Design                                                

Christopher Heilman

 

Character Texture &  Facial Animation        

Jason Wiser

Yaya Play Games

 

Character Preparation                          

Daniel Bohrer

                 

Production Manager

Art Domantay

 

Set Decoration                                      

Marie Ucci

 

Set Fabrication                                      

Gary Dealey

Art Domantay

 

Motion Capture Handler                                                       

Javier Molina

                                   

Additional Animation

Ryan Thibeault

Pratik Parija

Joseph Xin

             

Costume Consulting                              

Erin Murphy

                   

Costume Constriction                               

Timberlake Studios

 

Dramaturgy

Connor Kalista

 

Production Assistant

David Herman

 

 

 

The Branch - One Fragment of the story of Adam