Flower-drum Opera /花鼓戏《耀邦兄弟》
Category: Set Design
“The Brother of Yaobang” is a Flower-drum Opera, it is about brotherhood. The play's main characters is Hu Yaofu and his son. Hu Yaobang is Hu Yaofu’s old brother, he is a famously political leader in eighties of China. The purpose of the play is convey people’s national feeling by Hu brothers’s story. The whole story takes place in Liuyang, it is a beautiful country with a lot of lakes, a lot of pontoon bridges in the lakes, this kind of bridge is very typical in Liuyang. so i design a suspended platform for the play, the shape of the platform looks like a pontoon bridge, and behind the platform there is a huge curved backdrop. A 3-meter-wide channel between the platform and the backdrop, stage crew complete the change of four scenes by the channel. In addition, the purpose of the performances is to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Hu Yaobang. so i think it must have a very memorable ceremony at the end of this play, i asked lighting designer to prepare 20 fixtures on the top of the cycle of backdrop. At the last scene, the backdrop was been slowly opening from the middle to both sides with music, all the fixtures were been keeping turn on, the whole set look like a huge beam, all the actors stand in the beam, I consider that it is very holiness, I want to create a kind of atmosphere in church. Behind the backdrop, i design a white box,the box is floating in the air, in middle of the box, there is a picture of Hu Yaobang, the scene looks like he is looking at audiences in heaven, the audiences are building up to a dramatic climax.