Video-opera "Tintagiles" is based on the play of Maurice Maeterlinck “The Death of Tintagiles” which is a folkloric play with a simple plot consisting of an old man named Aglovale and two sisters, Ygraine and Bellangère, trying to protect their younger brother Tintagiles from a queen. We know little about the queen because she is never actually presented. Except for the initial act, the entirety of the video-opera is set within a castle. Tintagiles disappears after travelling through the castle with his sisters in an attempt to escape the queen... Sister Ygraine tries to save her brother, but he ends up in the hands of the queen...

  • Olga Krashenko
  • Maurice Maeterlinck
  • Gerard Pape
  • Fabienne Gay
    Key Cast
  • Rodolphe Bourotte
    Key Cast
  • Gerard Pape
    Key Cast
  • Latifa Leforestier
    Key Cast
  • Olga Krashenko
    Key Cast
  • Anne Bleauwart
  • Vladimir Kara
  • Stefan Tiedje
    Sound engineer
  • Olga Krashenko
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    Experimental, Music Video, Web / New Media, Other
  • Genres:
    Experimental, opera, electroacoustic, music video, Contemporary music, symbolism, audio-visual
  • Runtime:
    2 hours 28 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 24, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 EUR
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Director Biography - Olga Krashenko

Olga Krashenko was born in 1983 in Kaliningrad. She studied primarily composition at the National Conservatoire of Saint-Petersburg "Rimski-Korsakov" from whom she graduated in 2008. Besides music, she also developed her skills in photography and video. Olga Krashenko made some special photo for the booklets of such CD labels as Mode Records, Stradivarius and Acel. Also her photography was used as a source material for visual projections and transformations in the opera of Gerard Pape "Pourquoi les poètes?" which was performed at the "Sound" Festival in Aberdeen, Scotland. Her photo works were exhibited in France in festivals in Fontenay-sous-Bois, Ivry-sur-Scene, Bessé-sur-Braye, Tuffé, Saint-Calais, Sargé-sur-Braye, Saint-Maixent and other French cities. In 2016, her photography was selected for the International Photography Exhibition "Explore The World" which took place at the Drik Gallery. Her musical composition were performed in many festivals in Saint-Petersburg, in Moscow and other cities of Russia by the Academic Orchestra of Saint-Petersburg Conservatory, the Kaliningrad Symphonic Orchestra, Demetrius Spaneas, Alexey Shmurak, Michail Krutik, Alexandra Korobkina, Elya Kulukaeva, Guzel Sajfutdinova, Elena Malyuk and others. At concerts in Europe and in the USA, her pieces were given their world premieres by such world reknown soloists such as Dimitri Vassilakis (Ensemble Intercontemporain), Cecile Daroux (Ensemble Itinéraire), Pierre-Stephane Meugé, Jacqueline Mefano (Ensemble 2e2m), Daniel Kientzy, John Kenny, Maurizio Barbetti, Ana Telles, Thomas Keck, Shanna Gutierrez, and Dario Garau. Her music was also played by such ensembles as Quartet New Generation, Konvergence, Seldom Sene, Dal Niente, Con Moto, CLSI and the Orchestre de Flûtes Français.

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Director Statement

Maurice Maeterlinck originally wrote the play for puppets. The opera follows the idea of puppet as « beyond the human being » in a symbolical way – all soloists of the opera are characters that are far « beyond the human being » in their manners of being and speaking from usual human existence. Their voices are filtered by, or mixed with, their instruments ; their manners of speaking / singing / making sounds are changing all the time. They simulate, acoustically, in their singing and playing such electronic effects as echo, delay, reversed order, slow motion or fast motion. The instruments and voices create a very special mysterious atmosphere where you can hardly recognize the source of the sound, whether it is produced acoustically or electronically. The video is made by shooting with different mirrors, reflective papers, shades, shadows, water... Some special paintings were used in collaboration with the painter Anne Bleauwart and with the painter Vladimir Kara. "Tintagiles" brings symbolism to the people using modern technology and possibilities of today.