Life Reflected

National Arts Centre Orchestra

Alexander Shelley, Artistic Director of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre, wanted a fresh concept for presenting new music with a full symphony orchestra. Normal created a visual environment for a most ambitious project: four multimedia performances to celebrate the lives of four exceptional Canadian women, Alice Munro, Amanda Todd, Roberta Bondar and Rita Joe.

Design & production

Panoramic screens were used to build a “box” around the orchestra. A fringed screen was strung across the front for the projection of original video content created in collaboration with experimental video artists and a well-known sound designers. The four concerts ultimately changed the way that audiences think about contemporary symphony music.