Saltice – Pop-up Paper Sculptures as Stage Sets for a children’s opera

I have created five pop-up paper sculptures for the children’s opera ‘SALTICE – a fairy tale of salt and ice’ by composer Ruben Zahra.
The original works in book size (approx. 46 cm x 32.5 cm when open) are presented live on stage by the children. In addition, video recordings of the pop-ups are projected on a large scale onto the stage backdrop.

The play celebrated its world premiere on February 24, 2024. For more information, please visit the following link: Salzkammergut-2024-Saltice

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Here you can see a video of the opening of the five pop-up sculptures:

Trailer 1:

Trailer 2:

Trailer 3:

Trailer 4 – with excerpts from the performance:

Full performance (45 minutes):

Project: Pop-up paper sculptures for „SaltIce“
A production for Salzkammergut 2024 – European Capital of Culture Bad Ischl Salzkammergut

Sizes opened: approx. 46 cm x 32.5 cm, Height up to 23 cm depending on motif.
Sizes closed: approx. 23 cm x 32.5 cm x 1 cm
Material: paper, cut, folded, glued,
Design and model making: Peter Dahmen
Year of creation: 2023
Release: February 24, 2024 in the children’s opera ‘SALTICE – a fairy tale of salt and ice’ by composer Ruben Zahra
Paper: Invercote G in various weights, mainly 220  g/m²
Client: Ruben Zahra