My company is performing Les Sylphides, among other things, this spring. We use a theater that doesn't have any fly space, so there is only a single black curtain as a backdrop. I'd love to have something in the background to, uh, distract somewhat from my 8 person corps who have never done corps work before. I can't change the curtain, and I can't lower it, attach something, and go on. I could have things sitting in front of it.
Any ideas on how I could create a backdrop? Cheaply?
I've seen copper pipe structures (as in a tree, house shape) that looked really nice. Very clean, simple, but still suggests an appropriate setting. I was thinking about a large tree shape, maybe flanked by smaller trees, centered in the back. A husband of one of the dancers is a local artist, and he might be willing to create something. Would something that modern look odd with Sylphides? Can anyone think of a good idea?