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WSD2017|Dogville
 
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

Emerging Designers

United States of America

Brad Caleb Lee

Dogville

Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design

Design Statement

Though based on the Brechtian film, Dave Bond and I collaborated on a fresh approach - reading the text as a morality tale presenting a simple truth: the best people will commit the most heinous acts if it is socially acceptable. The rain at the beginning quenches the apocalyptic fire of the end, and evokes a never-ending cycle in a space created by three main design elements. The road, bearing our singular homage to Van Trier - ELM STREET, has its singular entry point in an operatic-like statement road tunnel. An abandoned mining structure serves as the dead end and reinforces the one-time boom of the town now bust. Overhead, the branches of the apple orchard in all seasons undeniably reference man’s fall into darkness. Among the orchard branches hang the key props for the show, hovering like thoughts still forming until their crucial moment in the story.

Brad Caleb Lee

Brad Caleb Lee is a production designer and assistant director with previous collaborations including designs for Lucrezia (CFO), Mille+1 (ELANFrontoio, Fuccechio, Italy), Contemporary Opera Scenes (Music Theatre Wales), CREW: Unheard Voices (Polly Graham/WNO Studios), Pandora’s Locker (Laura Drane Associates/Opera Sonic), as well as Dogville and Hay Fever (Richard Burton Theatre Company). Brad is a member of Chicago Fringe Opera (CFO) and has designed scenery for Summer Theatre of New Canaan, Filament Theatre, Hell In A Handbag, Monomoy Theatre, The HARTT School, The University of Alabama Opera Theatre, and Theatre Tuscaloosa, as well as costumes for CPA Theatricals new musical Numbers Nerds. Major assistant directing posts have included Song From the Uproar (Amy Hutchison – CFO), Hansel & Gretel (Benjamin Davis (revival) - Welsh National Opera) and In The Night Garden Live! (Helen Eastman - BBC/Minor Entertainment). Brad and spacial designer Patricia Grasham co-designed the award winning British Pavilion Make/Believe at the 2015 Prague Quadrennial and the subsequent exhibition at The Victoria & Albert Museum (London). He holds an MA with Merit from The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, BA/BS from The University of Alabama, and is a member of OISTAT, USITT, and SBTD.

Email Address: brad.caleb.lee@gmail.com

Theatre Company The Richard Burton Theatre Company/ RWCMD

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-10-24

The Premiere Space of Production Bute Theatre

Author Lars Van Trier

Director/ Choreographer David Bond

Set Designer Brad Caleb Lee

Lighting Designer Connor Lovejoy

Costume Designer Brad Caleb Lee

Sound Designer Adam Steer

Other Creative Collaborator/s Design assistant: Jen McGinley
Production Photos: Craig Sudden