Santiago Stankovic in conversation
Santiago Stankovic is a photo- and videographer with a digital background, having worked for many years as a data base programmer and system analyst. Santiago is based in Mallorca, where he opened his artist studio in 2011, and since he joined teatreBLAU, his work also brings him often times to Germany. TeatreBLAU is „a theater without a fixed house“, as its founder Katja Lebelt labeled it, a network of artists, directors, technicians and staff from various countries and locations. „Some of the team live in Mallorca, a large part in Berlin and Brandenburg, and in each production we have new artists coming in from different places.“ For the current production Ba Ta Clan that draws on the opera by Jacques Offenbach, the tenor Yichi Xu comes from China and is based in Austria, the soprano Maia Planas lives in Mallorca, the bariton Shokri Francis Raoof, from Ireland, is located in Berlin, and Begoña Gómez, a mezzosoprano from Madrid, lives in Berlin as well, while the pianist Sergi Sellés and the light technician Pepe Gelabert are located in Mallorca.
TeatreBLAU is employing the Digital Stage system as a medium to work together – in the process of developing a new play, in parts of the rehearsal work, and in hybrid performances. „In this way, all the team members, even if they are not able to travel, can stay together throughout the entire process, from the first feeling for the play to an advanced stage of the rehearsals.“ Hybrid performances allow teatreBLAU to offer all the auditories that they have won over the years in Mallorca, in Berlin, in the Brandenburg countryside, and in other places the opportunity to take part in the play, no matter where the live-staging is taking place. Everyone has the possibility to connect and to watch the performance.
The hybrid format is challenging, however, for the performers as well as for the technicians. „In Ba Ta Clan, it is not easy for the actors to quickly put on and take off the costume, while wearing a headset and a microfone. We also had the risk to loose the connection, but we could solve all this by two air microphones.“ For the orchestra, which is basically strings, a drum, and a piano with electronic sound, another two air microphones solved the challenges of sound transmission.