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WSD2017|The Dutchman
 
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
We are looking forward to meeting you here.

Exhibition

Professional Designers

United States of America

Marie Davis-Green

The Dutchman

Selected Category: Performance Design, Space Design, Set Design

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

The myth of the ghostly Dutch slave ship from the 18th/19th c. voyages, through design, merges with the modern myth of a 1950’s subway setting to amplify and tell the African American tale of racial conflict in America. The Flying Dutchman opera, is the tale of a ship cursed to sail the seas eternally, written/composed by Richard Wagner.
The Dutchman by Amiri Baraka is a psychological thriller and cyclical reenactment of interracial tensions. The set design merges the subterranean set of the NYC subway and the subtle subterranean underbelly of a slave ship allowing for the sinister reenactment of hatred, ridicule and aggression as Clay, is preyed upon by a white woman, Lula, in premeditated fashion. The water-logged/burlap seating, noose-like leather straps, the fragmentation of a ghost ship, the infinite raked track that diminishes in perspective through the dark subway tunnel, repetitive tracing of subway lights along the tracks, and the blue flooring of the design supports the cyclical story destined to repeat itself and remain adrift.
The African American National History Museum recently opened in Washington. This important educational portal will prove essential in helping end this cycle of hatred and suffering.

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Marie Davis-Green

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Email Address: Marie.davis-green@coloradocollege.edu

Theatre Company Colorado College

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-05-07

The Premiere Space of Production Studio A

Author Amiri Baraka

Director/ Choreographer Elizabeth Bonjean

Set Designer Marie Davis-Green

Lighting Designer Shannon Johnson

Costume Designer Gypsy Ames

Sound Designer Paul Martin

Other Creative Collaborator/s Paul Martin, Technical Director