Since its founding in 2007 by American director and visual artist Doug Fitch, Swiss filmmaker and producer Edouard Getaz, and multimedia entrepreneur Frederic Gumy, Giants Are Small has risen to become one of the most out-of-the-box and celebrated production companies in New York.
Doug Fitch designed and directed the 2010 Giants Are Small production of György Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre for the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, which was named “Best Opera of the Year” by The New York Times, New York magazine and TimeOut New York. Fitch and Giants Are Small collaborated with Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic again on the 2011 production of Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, which was called “Best Classical Event of the Year” by New York magazine.
In addition to these milestones, Fitch has created productions for the Los Angeles Opera (Hansel and Gretel), the New York Philharmonic (The Soldier’s Tale), the Los Angeles Philharmonic (Peter and Wolf) and the Santa Fe Opera (Turandot). He has also mounted projects for other major institutions across North America and Europe, including The National Arts Center in Canada, and the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra.
For over fifteen years, Fitch has collaborated with artist Mimi Oka to create a series of multi-sensory experiences known as Orphic Feasts. Their work is the subject of a recent book, Orphic Fodder: Experiments in Dining, or, an Autobiography of an Artistic Collaboration. Beginning in the 1980s, Fitch emerged as an architectural designer. He designed several homes and pieces of furniture, which were regularly published. Among major clients, Fitch designed the interior of violinist Joshua Bell’s New York residence.
The creative life of Doug Fitch began as part of his family’s touring puppet theater. Later, while studying visual arts at Harvard University, Fitch collaborated with director Peter Sellars on several productions, including Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen. Fitch also worked on Robert Wilson’s The Civil Wars at the American Repertory Theatre. In England, Fitch worked with Jim Henson (The Muppets), and in Venice, he met Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce, who became an important influence on his work.
Doug Fitch was born in 1959 in Philadelphia. Fitch graduated Magna Cum Laude in Visual Studies from Harvard University. He also studied cooking at La Varenne in Paris and design at Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg, France. He lives in New York, where he works as a visual artist, designer and director.
Producer and filmmaker Edouard Getaz has consistently been at the forefront of new trends in live entertainment. Getaz has developed and produced a wide variety of events, from major fashion shows (including Elite Model Look’s World Final), to music festivals (including the Cully Jazz Festival), large historical celebrations and concerts.
Getaz’s first production under the banner of Giants Are Small, with the New York Philharmonic was The Soldier’s Tale, directed by Doug Fitch, in 2005. Getaz also produced the Giants Are Small productions, directed by Fitch for Alan Gilbert and the New York Philharmonic, of György Ligeti’s Le Grand Macabre, 2010, which was named “Best Opera of the Year” by The New York Times, New York magazine and TimeOut New York, and Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen, 2011, which was called “Best Classical Event of the Year” by New York magazine.
Getaz also produced the Giants Are Small adaptation of Peter and Wolf with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in 2008, directed by Fitch, and is currently developing a new multi-media adaptation of the Prokofiev classic with Fitch and Giants Are Small co-founder Frederic Gumy: Peter + the Wolf in Hollywood, a total event of theatre, music, on-stage filmmaking and puppetry.
In the mid-90s, for the Montreux Jazz Festival, he produced one of the first multi-location music events to be streamed live on the Internet, in collaboration with New York’s Knitting Factory. In 1998, Getaz co-founded the events and communications agency, Creatives, which quickly became, and remains, one of the most successful companies of its kind in Switzerland. He was responsible for the artistic direction of the agency for five years before shifting his focus to the fields of live and filmed entertainment. Getaz has directed two films, Virgin Red, 2005, and Freud’s Magic Powder, 2009, both premiered at the Locarno Film Festival and selected to appear at major festivals.
Edouard Getaz was born in 1973 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Getaz holds a Master in Law from the Fribourg University, Switzerland, and studied film, directing and production at New York University. He lives in New York, where he works as a producer and a director.