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WSD2017|Me the Monstrous Vermin (Based on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka)
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
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Professional Designers


Juli Balázs

Me the Monstrous Vermin (Based on The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka)

Selected Category: Set Design

Category: Set Design, Costume Design

Design Statement

When working on the famous novel adaptation of Kafka, the biggest challenge for the designer is how to depict the insect-like creature Gregor Samsa has turned into. Kafka himself didn't want the insect to be depicted on book covers: “The vermin cannot be shown, it is unrepresentable.”-he said.

In our interpretation the set design itself is the vermin, including the audience seated inside of it. The space reminds of an industrial tunnel or the inside of a monstrous cocoon, where we, the audience just like Gregor are trapped within. Parts of the set continue around the audience to strengthen this feeling. The spectators are often spoken to, and even examined by the doctor who arrives to inspect the strange creature.

In the first scenes the space contains elements of an average room, but as the story moves onward we lose connection to the human world and become more and more part of the monster. Step by step the space becomes longer and tunnel-like.


Juli Balázs

I have completed my studies in 2011 at the Hungarian University of Fine Arts in Budapest. Since then I have had the chance to design for several european theaters including Schauspielhaus Zürich, Burgtheater Wien and Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg.
I have collaborated with directors Victor Bodo, Árpád Schilling, along with Daniel D. Kovács and Kriszta Székely.
Alongside theater projects I have held workshops for children and young professionals introducing special costume design techniques, creative spacial thinking and project management.
I believe that there is no such thing as a successful set design in itself. It can only be interpreted as a part of a complete performance and as result of team work.

Email Address: juli.balazs@gmail.com

Theatre Company Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-01-10

The Premiere Space of Production Malersaal

Author Péter Kárpáti

Director/ Choreographer Victor Bodo

Set Designer Juli Balázs

Lighting Designer Andreas Juchheim

Costume Designer Juli Balázs

Sound Designer Gábor Keresztes

Other Creative Collaborator/s Music: Klaus von Heydenaber
Dramaturgy: Sybille Meier, Anna Veress