In this animation we see Dionysus, god of wine and drama, create and control events like a theatre director. He sets the scene, adds the neccessary props, brings people in and sets them in motion. He is the only one who looks out at the viewer – he knows that it is a performance, but do the others?
The satyr who brings in the wine performs a special satyr dance, which was commonly seen in ancient theatre. The deer joins in as the atmosphere builds - their animal natures responding to the music.
The deer in Dionysus has a little tail. That was included after research into the history of the vase. In the image on the right you can see that the vase has been damaged and the deer's tail lost. The tail was digitally restored during the animation process, based on an old photograph in the Beazley Archive. Now the deer can appear in one piece!
Here you can see another another type of adjustment that may be made during the creation of the animation, smoothing and clarifying some details of the vase image so that they can be seen.
The music in Dionysus was created by ancient music specialist Prof Conrad Steinmann.
This animation was created as part of the European Research Council (ERC) funded project: Our Mythical Childhood... The Reception of Children's and Young Adults' Culture in Response to Regional and Global Challenges (Grant Agreement 681202; ERC Consolidator Grant led by Prof Katarzyna Marciniak). www.omc.obta.al.uw.edu.pl/