I really wanted to focus my set design on the development of the new world, the old world and the transitional period between these worlds as the main elements of the set. I focused on bright colours and sharp triangles … Continue reading
My costume designs also stemmed from looking at Futurism. The main inspiration for the designs came from the Italian futurism film; Thaïs. This film is a black and white film, and although this is not a design decision, I loved … Continue reading
Noyes Fludde is a production based on the biblical tale of Noah’s Ark. The main themes that I picked up on through reading the text and listening to the falsetto of the opera was this theme of creating a new … Continue reading
The theme that I worked on most through this project was the adultery scene and the construction of the lips. Initially we had this idea of a massive lip puppet which is strapped onto the front of an actor. The … Continue reading
Our end game of this project is to create a short performance for other members of the course to watch. The performance is based on the German Opera ‘Woyzeck’. We have decided to combine the ideas of the whole year … Continue reading
The next stage of the project was to look into ways in which we could create a processional performance of the opera ‘Woyzeck’. To do this we were asked to think back to all of the work we had done … Continue reading
An important thing that this project has been teaching me is that the initial reaction I have to a performance can also be really important. After reading the opera for the first time we then split off into groups to … Continue reading
LEM is a form of object theatre that involves the movement of architectural structures, rather than bodies. The idea is to create abstract structures that can be manipulated by people to create a performance and a sense of story. The focus is on the idea of depicting certain emotions through which a narrative is formed.
Our first session within this project was spent creating architectural structures out of bamboo, paper and tape that responded to a certain one of the 7 deadly sins. Our group chose to attempt pride, and for this we created a tall pointy structure that was almost an extension of a person. To this structure, we attached another element based on the opening of a peacocks tail. The structure itself was able to tell the story of pride through the movement of the person operating it as well as the structure itself.
Object theatre is an interesting concept that we have been introduced to this project. The concept is to create a narrative out of objects rather than people. In this project we will be largely experimenting with different materials and ideas of carnival and opera. The brief is to create a short performance piece that includes all that we have learnt and is based on the story of ‘Woyzeck’.
‘Woyzeck’ is a german opera that tells the story of a man, Woyzeck, that slowly turns mad. He is faced with adultery, experimentation, betrayal which ultimately leads him to murder his wife and then to commit suicide himself. It is an interesting story filled with a lot of interesting imagery.
The first week of the 18th Century Project was spent making our very own, historically accurate corset. This process was not only long, but very difficult. We had a week to complete this task, which was definitely not long enough. … Continue reading