Hon Ki Au Yeung
School of Time
Category: Lighting Design
The performance is set under Plato's allegory of the cave, which humans are conditioned within the cave. facing their own shadows. The director / set designer merges the auditorium and stage area, which is surrounded by full height clothes imitating the walls of the cave.
Throughout the performance, only eight candles and one spot light are used. The candles are hold by the performers/singers, as their sight and vision. The choice is not only for giving the primitive sense of being in the cave, but also indicate the senses of heat and warmth.
Towards the end of the performance, the candle lights are blown out. Audience are submerged to the vocals in the total darkness. Until towards the end the only artificial light in the up corner of the theatre glow slowly, which suggest the present of the outside world - the layer of reality, that embrace the "man-made" illusion that was just happened in the theatre.