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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 Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Leslie Travers


Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design, Set Design, Costume Design

Design Statement

'Elysium' explores the border between humanity and technology.
Two hundred years hence, 40 humans live on an island: their only task to perform annually ‘Fidelio’. The island has been created by their unseen captors/protectors, the transhumans, a mechanism solely to deliver this performance.
The opera starts when the performance will go disastrously wrong. The transhumans send a representative to terminate this museum of humanity... Transhumankind's progenitor has decided that transhumans have moved beyond humanity's confused desires.
Rising from the floor in a vast black space the structure sets out in its preditermined motion to deliver the performance. The humans become agitated and excited, this is heightened by the mechanical action of this performance-delivering machine. Rooms become corridors, characters are separated, brought together and revealed to fit into and heighten the narrative. The space on top of the structure is revealed and culminates as the setting for a final act of human transcendence.

Leslie Travers

Leslie Travers was born in the northeast of England and graduated with a BA (Hons) in Theatre Design from Wimbledon School of Art, London. He currently works out of London.
He has worked on theatre, ballet and opera productions in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, France, Sweden, Denmark, Canada, Norway, Poland, Australia, Japan and the United States.
He also designs site-specific productions, notably 'The Children's Crusade' (R Murray Schafer) at the Luminato Festival in Toronto which won best new opera production in Canada and 'Grimes On The Beach' (Britten) at the Aldeburgh Festival which won best new production at the International Opera Awards.
His most recent productions include 'Elysium' (R Wallin) (Norwegian National Opera), 'The Haunted Manor' (Moniuszko) (National Opera, Warsaw), 'Billy Budd' (Britten) and 'Pleasure' (M Simpson) (both Opera North, UK) and 'The Marriage of Figaro' (Mozart) (Opera Philadelphia).

Email Address: Leslietravers@hotmail.com

Theatre Company Den Norske Opera

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-03-12

The Premiere Space of Production Den Norske Opera

Author Rolf Wallin/Mark Ravenhill

Director/ Choreographer David Pountney

Set Designer Leslie Travers

Lighting Designer Linus Fellbom

Costume Designer Leslie Travers

Sound Designer Not applicable

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Not applicable

Other Creative Collaborator/s Not applicable