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WSD2017|Who is afraid of Orfeo?
 
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

Netherlands

Isabel Nielen

Who is afraid of Orfeo?

Category: Lighting Design

Design Statement

How do you give shape to an opera in which time and money are not available and the singers won’t be able to memorize all the lyrics? In which light also needs to be the scenery? Within the creative team (director, light and costume) we have chosen for a sober and clear approach with an unusual and fixed setting. The orchestra was placed in front of the public and the singers are staged behind the orchestra on an elevated stage. All movement and form is held tightly. No scenery changes, the singers also never left the stage. The lights were designed to give space to personal fantasy together with music and vocals. I explored all richness and colour variations that are possible with "white" light, no filters were used. The images on the horizon are abstract and spatial. They create atmosphere without forcing the public to a literal translation. I hadn’t previously applied this way of lighting into the theatre. The variable horizon worked beautifully as scenery, creating landscapes in the total space. It is precisely the lack of theatrical acts that finally made the opera very strong in form and experience.

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Video/Audio

Isabel Nielen

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Email Address: isabel@lichtontwerpen.nl

Theatre Company Orkest de Ereprijs

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-06-09

The Premiere Space of Production City Theater of Arnhem

Author Libretto: Piet Gerbrandy Composer: Chiel Meijering

Director/ Choreographer director: Xander Straat

Set Designer none

Lighting Designer Isabel Nielen

Costume Designer Ilse Vermeulen

Sound Designer Bert van Dijk

Projection and Multi-Media Designer none

Other Creative Collaborator/s Orchestra de Erepijs
conductor: Wim Boerman
production: Michel Bezem
Georgi Sztojanov (tenor) As (Orpheus, activist)
Wendeline van Houten (sopraan) Pro (As’ geliefde)
Merlijn Runia (mezzo) Bac (organisator van events)
Berend Eijkhout (bariton) Jup (vader van Pro)
Christina Plein (alt) Met (moeder van Pro)
Boudewijn Ruigrok (tenor) Dis (president van het Instituut)