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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.


Professional Designers


Sofie Lachaert &Luc d’Hanis


Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

Anda Winters, the director of the Print Room at “The Coronet” (London), commissioned Belgian visual artists Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis to create an environment for the contemporary dance piece “Terra”. Taking its inspiration from earth, “Terra” explores ideas of home and belonging, refuge, migration and exile.
Choreographer Hubert Essakow sends six dancers on a journey through shifting horizons and changing seasons, against the backdrop of highly atmospheric, rich in imagery and suggestion landscape, hand-crafted by Lachaert and d’Hanis. Everything looks ephemeral, unpredictable and liable to crumble at any time. To achieve this captivating feeling of instability and fragility, the set designers used AluShape Cretonne molding cloth, provided by ShowTex – worldwide leader in inventing and manufacturing the most innovative flame retardant fabrics.
Seemingly mismatched piles of furniture, half-buried in rubble surround the dancers – survivors of an obscure natural disaster of a catastrophic scale – underlining the idea of memento mori and fleeting human existence.


Sofie Lachaert &Luc d’Hanis

Belgian artist duo Sofie Lachaert and Luc d’Hanis graduated at Royal Academy of Fine Arts and Higher Institute for Fine Arts.
Their long-standing symbiotic relationship seamlessly interweaves conceptual applied and visual arts, philosophy and craftsmanship.
They make artworks that exist outside the conventional, and when their objects are exhibited, they create an ultimate context for them to inhabit.
In their major solo exhibition Tranches de Vie’, Mac’s - Grand Hornu, BE (2014), the entire scenography was set up as an “artwork” on its own. Their pieces were shown in a contextual theatrical setting. The hidden layers of meaning and interpretation in objects resonated with the surreal undertones of the scenography.
The duo is experienced in creating scenographies for different art institutions – high-end galleries, museums and art fairs – around the world. Recently they worked on a scenography for Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, NL.
“Terra” (PrintRoom London, 2016) was their first scenographic set design for theatre. The artists did not only design the set; they chose to execute the set themselves, ensuring that their vision and skill are reflected in every detail. It underlines the difference between “a set designer” and “an artist designing a set”. By hand they sculpted a malleable strong metal- fabric (produced by ShowTex) into a mysterious apocalyptic landscape – a backdrop, against which the story unfolds.

Email Address: welcome@atelierlachaertdhanis.com

Theatre Company The Print Room (dance company)

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-02-23

The Premiere Space of Production The Coronet 103 Notting Hill Gate London, W11 3LB UK

Author N/A

Director/ Choreographer artistic director: Anda Winters / choreographer: Hubert Essakow

Set Designer Sofie Lachaert & Luc d’Hanis

Lighting Designer David Plater

Costume Designer Martina Trottmann

Sound Designer Gareth Mitchell

Other Creative Collaborator/s original poetry: Ben Okri
composer: Jean-Michel Bernard
dramaturg: Laura Farnworth
dancers: Rob Bridger, Luke Crook, Monique Jonas, Estela Merlos, Benjamin Warbis