The Double Life of Princess Wencheng
Category: Lighting Design
The set design makes the performing area as deep as over 40 meters. In addition to a huge stage, the implications from indoor to outdoor, sunset to midnight, as well as other realistic images, altogether mount the challenges to the lighting design. In other words, the lighting design approach focuses on the representation of time, space and symbolic elements.
Princess Wencheng, bringing Buddhism to Tibet, is the main character. With the background in mind, I incorporate the Buddhist symbol “mandala” into my design since it points out the relation between Buddhism and Princess Wencheng when it comes to Buddhist issues in the story. After the death of Songtsän Gampo, king of Tibet, his two princesses move along the rotating image of mandala at both sides, which suggests their recall of him and at the same time symbolizes his transmigration. Likewise, at the end of the play, when Princess Wencheng is dying, Songtsän Gampo appears to lead her to mandala, an everlasting world.