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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

United States of America

Christopher & Justin Swader


Selected Category: Space Design

Category: Space Design

Design Statement

Set inside the depths of a forgotten psychiatric ward, JARRING highlights a woman obsessed with mason jars, exploring the untold stories of forgotten lives and how they are preserved or destroyed. Performed in the claustrophobic basement kitchen of an abandoned Lower East Side building in New York City, the site-specific solo show led twenty-two audience members into a transformative underground space. Metal shelving units lined the room, holding hundreds of mason jars, each meticulously labeled and filled with ashes of human remains. We were all excited by honoring the unique architecture of the room and embracing its many imperfections and challenges - filling an industrial metal sink with dirt and wilted plants, transforming an old broken refrigerator into a bed, and letting the abnormally low vaulted ceiling help confine the intimate space. Because the lighting and scenic elements felt so connected, we worked carefully to activate the room with only practical light sources, providing a warm incandescent glow within such a grim, unsettling environment.

Christopher & Justin Swader

Christopher & Justin Swader are New York-based identical twin scenic designers. Originally from Indiana and graduates of Ball State University, they have been working professionally in and around New York City for the past four years. Recent collaborations include work with Classical Theatre of Harlem, Luna Stage Company, 3LD, Lincoln Center Education, ArtsEmerson, Trusty Sidekick, Company One, SpeakEasy Stage Company, La MaMa, Park Avenue Armory, Columbia Stages, New School for Drama, National Black Theatre, IBEX Puppetry, and Mason Holdings. They received a nomination for the American Theatre Wing s 2016 Henry Hewes Design Award for Mac Wellman s The Offending Gesture. www.cjswaderdesign.com

Email Address: swader.christopher@gmail.com

Theatre Company Mason Holdings

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-04-25

The Premiere Space of Production 225 East Houston Street

Author Tracy Weller

Director/ Choreographer Kristjan Thor

Set Designer Christopher & Justin Swader

Lighting Designer Christopher & Justin Swader

Costume Designer Tracy Weller

Sound Designer Joel Bravo

Other Creative Collaborator/s Liz Nielsen - Production Manager / Technical Director