There is a longstanding legacy of progressive visual artists and designers creating imagery for performance. From Leon Bakst's designs for the Ballet Russe and Erté or Saint Laurent's costumes and sets for the theatre, to Armani and Hockney's opera designs, great innovators of popular culture have ever regarded the opera house as their ultimate destination. In the performing arts, the notion of 'art-fashion fusion' is more historical construct than modern concept.
With a practice as wide-reaching as M/M (Paris)'s, it is only natural that their ongoing project to counter the Modernist rhetoric of design would find its way into opera. In March and June 2004, the Parisian art directors collaborated with esteemed conductor Christophe Rousset and theatre director Éric Vigner on a maverick re-staging of Tommaso Traetta's 1722 opera of Greek myth Antigone. In this captivating film version, M/M implemented a highly-specific cinematographic system to communicate the lexicon of iconography that M/M repeat and build from project to intriguing project.