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WSD2017|Glory of the World
 
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

Connie Furr

Glory of the World

Category: Costume Design

Design Statement

Director Les Waters to celebrate the centennial of the birth of Thomas Merton, a Trappist monk who led a life of contemplation and exploration, commissioned playwright, Charles Mee, to create "The Glory of the World". The vehicle used to explore Merton’s life, ideas and legacy was a celebration of Merton 100th year birthday.
The framing device is silence: lengthy scenes at the beginning and end of the show with Merton sitting silent and alone. Audiences contemplate projections behind Merton asking “What is serious? What is unserious?” Initially the quiet was difficult to tolerate, the audience impatient for the drama to begin. Soon the piece disintegrates into a raucous affair - men flexing and jockeying for attention, couples dancing, a rhino wanders across the stage, men swimming on a plastic sheet, playing ping pong and pool until the party dissolves into a brutal battle, in essence what Merton called the “wild carnival we carry in our hearts.” The monk's decision to retreat into silence seems necessary, and assaulted by the show the audience witnessed, their minds crave it as well. The result was a “complicated, raucous, glorious mess - the course any party worth attending inevitably takes”.

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Video/Audio

Connie Furr

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Email Address: cfurrdesign@msn.com

Theatre Company Actors Theatre of Louisville

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-03-25

The Premiere Space of Production Brooklyn Academy of Music

Author Charles Mee

Director/ Choreographer Les Waters

Set Designer Dane Laffrey

Lighting Designer Mark Barton

Costume Designer Connie Furr Soloman

Sound Designer Christian Frederickson

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Philip Allgeier

Other Creative Collaborator/s Dane Laffrey Photographer
Ryan Bourque - Fight Choreographer
Barney O'Hanlon - Choreographer