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WSD2017|Orpheus in the Underworld
 
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.

Exhibition

Professional Designers

United States of America

Helene Siebrits

Orpheus in the Underworld

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

Design Statement for Orpheus in the Underworld

Orpheus in the Underworld is a comic tromp over the cherished ideals of the late nineteenth century French bourgeoisie. The operetta is an irreverent parody of vaunted and arid pretensions of the bourgeois opera aficionado. My goal for the costume design was to illustrate the schism between how the upper middle class may perceive themselves and the reality of who they really are. For the design response, I wanted to juxtapose heaven and hell. For heaven the design of the deities was inspired by classical Greek statues; cold marble and static. I used the visual decadence of the baroque period to illustrate the Olympus chorus. Hell was also inspired by the baroque period but with a dark color palette. A nineteenth century opera critic described the operetta as a “profanation of holy and glorious antiquity.” Here we see that Offenbach was not afraid to tromp all over the cherished aesthetic conventions and preconceived notions of his time.

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Helene Siebrits

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Email Address: hsiebrits@gmail.com

Theatre Company Lyric Theatre @ Illinois

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-03-06

The Premiere Space of Production Tyron Festival Theatre, Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

Author Libretto by Hector Cremieux and Ludovic Halevy, Music by Jacques Offenbach

Director/ Choreographer Dawn Harris

Set Designer Joe C. Klug

Lighting Designer Lauren Tyler

Costume Designer Helene Siebrits

Sound Designer Kenny Stahl

Other Creative Collaborator/s Choreographer, Rebecca Nettl-Fiol
Conductor, Paul Vermel