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.

Collaborating with top orchestras and exceptional contemporary talents, Giants Are Small is known for its extraordinary range of genre-bending productions, which capitalize on their signature fusion of theatre, live filmmaking, puppetry, music and visual art.

The partnership of Doug Fitch and Edouard Getaz began with Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, with the New York Philharmonic, in 2005, and was the first production in which the Giants Are Small pioneering idea of “live animation” was brought to a wide audience. In 2008, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Giants Are Small continued its development of live animation with a new version of Prokofiev’s Peter and Wolf, with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, in another path-breaking production that merged live classical music, video and visual effects together in real time.

The 2010 Giants Are Small production of György Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre with the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Alan Gilbert, was named "Best Opera of the Year" by The New York Times, New York magazine and TimeOut New York. Giants Are Small collaborated with 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. Both received superlative reviews and are consistently cited as benchmarks of contemporary opera production in New York.

In 2013, as part of a trilogy collaboration with the New York Philharmonic, Giants Are Small presented A Dancer's Dream, based on two works by Stravinsky: Fairy's Kiss and Petrushka. All performances, like for the previous productions, were sold out before it opened. In the fall of the same year, Giants Are Small launched W Hot Culture, a five episodes Web series featuring the puppet Wigglesworth: celebrity-infused fast-forward journalism reporting on New York's hottest cultural events.

In 2014, Giants Are Small created two Giants Are Small Discoveryproductions: Dadabomb and Gloria: A Pig Tale. These exploratory productions, drawing on diverse musical genres, apply the GAS treatment to smaller scale works in a range of cultural spaces. What happens in a GAS Discovery production? New ideas, experimentation, fresh artistic roadmaps.

In 2015, Giants Are Small presented Petrushka at the Barbican (with the NY Phil) – an instant hit with the London audience. That same year, with Deutsche Grammophon/Universal Music, Giants Are Small launched the app Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood and simultaneously the album narrated by American rock icon Alice Cooper (soundtrack featuring the German National Youth Orchestra, conducted by Alexander Shelley). The app won several awards and mentions (incl. APPY Awards, KAPi Awards) and the audio album is now available in four languages. In 2016, the German version, narrated by rock star Campino, won an Echo Award (the German equivalent of a Grammy) in the category “classical music”.

In 2017, the world premiere of the live production of Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood took place at the Kennedy Center, in Washington D.C. with the National Symphony Orchestra. The production is now touring around the world, starting with Seoul (South Korea) and Melbourne (Australia) and featuring various symphonic orchestras.

Doug Fitch

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.

Edouard Getaz

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.