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WSD2017|Vanessa Emde - Of dead Birds
 
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

Czech Republic

Jan Štěpánek

Vanessa Emde - Of dead Birds

Category: Performance Design, Set Design, Costume Design

Design Statement

Of Dead Birds - a matrilinear docu fairytail:
The theatre project Of Dead Birds written and directed by the young German playwright Vanessa Emde is a crossover in storytelling and has four different layers which constantly flow into each other.
The first level is the description of womens live in Germany from 1940 until now and the development of womens movement during that time.
The second level are live interviews with the authors female family members, describing their private history, their dreams and problems during this era. These interviews which are being projected on stage, are extremely authentic with high sensitivity.
The next level is the private history and growing up of the author herself. Being the first studying women in a complete working class family, struggling within a high society cultural world mostly led by men and becoming a female author and director on one hand, starting as a gender movement activist on the other hand and having a private live full of emotions – deciding if to have a child in contrast with her own career or not.
These planes are embedded into a fairy tail forest reality, the actual set and costume design, where the young author tries to hide in front of her childhood memories being represented by the Magician - Woolf, which is a personification of child and womens abuse and being protected by her mother and grandmother.
The storyteller is a red Fairy Queen – the Czech sound artist and rapper Biomasha, who is live performing on stage and representing a divine protective power watching over the three women.

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Video/Audio

Jan Štěpánek

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Email Address: nej.stepanek@seznam.cz

Theatre Company X 10

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-06-14

The Premiere Space of Production Theatre Solidarita - Prague

Author Vanessa Emde

Director/ Choreographer Vanessa Emde

Set Designer Jan Štěpánek

Lighting Designer Jan Štěpánek

Costume Designer Jan Štěpánek

Sound Designer Bio Masha