About twenty knitters and amateur knitters made some of the costumes for “Peter Grimes”, a work on display for the reopening of the Opéra Grand Avignon. A pride for these little hands. #IlsOntLaSolution
Last May, it was an unusual announcement that the production of Peter Grimes. The team in charge of setting up Benjamin Britten’s opera in Avignon was then looking for twenty knitting junkies. Small hands capable of making part of the costumes of the work chosen for the reopening of theGrand Avignon Opera after several years of work.
Application deadline: June 21. Volunteers poured in and throughout the summer, the clicking of needles to remember during collective knitting sessions. The result is dozens of “handmade” sweaters and cardigans. An authenticity that the costume designer Lionel Lesire wanted for the choir artists, who play the roles of the inhabitants in the fishing village imagined by Benjamin Britten: “It was not imaginable to have industrial sweaters. So we created a knitting club in the vicinity of Avignon and ladies are there all summer to knit together”.
Invited during the last rehearsals in costumes, the knitters (a majority of women but a man or two anyway!) were able to admire their work in situ. A great moment for these amateurs: “It’s a little bit of pride to say to yourself, it’s me who did that”, explains Milène Pradel, one of them. “It’s rewarding!”. And on stage, the visual is stunning. We are far from the old-fashioned image associated with knitting. When knitting becomes art …
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