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Hessian and Tutus

Now that I am staring down the barrel of a seven week production period for my performance, I am finding it more difficult to separate content, form and design.  I have been daydreaming at work for hours about how I want the design to look and what sort of effect this will have on the performance and the text.

I have always wanted a ‘middle 8’ in the peice; something that is related to the script and characters, but snaps the audience out of the form and tone they have come to get used to. For a while I thought this could be film, but I realised that this short interlude needs to be more about an emotional journey rather than a narrative development.  So, its all about fantasy, in particular Stacey’s. I would to work on a mime/drag/circus  routine which is an emotional  development in a very different mode to what we have seen before. In my experience, for the design to evoke a fantasy there must be the right balance of innocence and dapravity.

This fantasy is simply about being with the one you love. Its about finding an image which can be constructed onstage to evoke those feelings of safety, excitement, fear and boredom. Im thinking tu tus. Or something that takes up a lot of space and is effected by all my actions. I think a great image would be to have a swing on stage where this image of fluff and fancy could swing through.

Which brings me to the set. All the time I have been thinking about this in terms of it being form another time period, and having the conflict with the performer arise from that. I now think its more about the set being in a state of disrepair. The couch is old and smelly, the wallpaper torn, the carpet pulled up to show the hessian underneath. To then have a fantasy performed with all this in the background would create an interesting contrast.

Some images that kind of show what I’m thinking.

Amber Grey

Amber Grey

Miles Aldridge

Miles Aldridge

Ethan James

Ethan James

Andy Houghton

Andy Houghton

 

One Response

  1. tj eckleberg says:

    Such a great progression into the show design… And I’m still interested in this notion of middle eight. I’ll remind you of it tonight – although i’m sure you’re there already…
    But does it swing baby?
    lol…
    tj