The Damnation of Faust

(Suzan Pitt, 1988, 4 min)

Pitt was the scenic and costume designer for this production of Hector Berlioz’s The Damnation of Faust which premiered at the State Opera in Hamburg Germany and was in repertoire there for several years following. Pitt and several artists in Boston created one hour of animation for the production during three months, using about every experimental animation technique on two Oxberry cameras at Harvard University. The production is the first known use of animation for opera and pre-dates later productions using animation by the Brothers Quay and William Kentridge. The production received the Silver Mask Award for Best Scenic Design for Opera in 1988.

Filmmaker in Attendance, Video

Directed by Suzan Pitt


Saturday, March 23 7:00pm

Suzan Pitt Retrospective Program 2

Presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Stamps School of Art & Design Roman J. Witt Artist Residency Program The second of two programs celebrating four decades

Michigan Theater (Screening Room)