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WSD2017|AUGUSTUS, ERGENS OP DE VLAKTE (August: Osage County)
 
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

Belgium

Thomas Walgrave

AUGUSTUS, ERGENS OP DE VLAKTE (August: Osage County)

Category: Set Design

Design Statement

The idea of the big hanging black drops originated from the piece.
In the stage directions of Tracy Letts is spoken about a house where all the windows are sealed with black plastic to keep out the sunlight. The main character can not stand the outside light, partly because of her alcohol and pills addiction. She lives with her husband in a claustrophobic space where time has stood still.
At the beginning of the play the big hanging ceiling almost literally pushes down the players. Later, the black drops are supported by wooden boards that let in the light and to offer a feeling of insight to the public.

The surface is made of black granules, symbolizing the dust bowl that ravaged the country in the thirties. The actors play on a strip of wooden planks that depicts the old wooden structure of the house.
As the other players make their entrance, the black drops change of elevation so that the image of scene is a totally different palette. The space is becoming increasingly larger as the drama unfolds. To finally make the main character end up in a large bare empty room, sitting in the dust. Symbol of her inner state. Alone, rejected and cold.

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Thomas Walgrave

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Email Address: ivo@showtex.com

Theatre Company Olympique Dramatique

The Premiere Date of Production 2014-10-23

The Premiere Space of Production Bourla schouwburg, Komedieplaats 18, 2000 Antwerpen

Author Tracy Letts

Director/ Choreographer TOM DEWISPELAERE, STIJN VAN OPSTAL

Set Designer Tom Dewispelaere, Stijn Van Opstal, Thomas Walgrave

Lighting Designer Thomas Walgrave, Guy Cassiers

Costume Designer Ilse Vandenbussche

Sound Designer nobody

Other Creative Collaborator/s Koen Haagdorens