User:Lena Mueller/Lena Mueller Little Eyolf 2012

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Languages of Film and Theatre


For the graduation show, I have made a short film-document that illustrates how my engagement with film as a medium has influenced my work as a theatre designer. Since starting my studies at Piet Zwart Institute, I have completed three theatrical designs. Each project reflects on the nature of the frame and the cinema screen, merging their properties with the perspectives of theatrical space. All these projects approached the presence of the screen differently. Firstly, a production of Harold Pinter’s 'The Birthday Party' (directed by Susanne Kennedy) creates the illusion of a screen by putting the actors inside a framed rectangular box within a greater, darkened space, like people moving inside a television screen. The second project is Dea Loher’s 'Land Without Words' (directed by Jaap Spijkers). This time an actor moves before and behind an actual semi-transparent screen, one that is also used as a canvas for painting. By placing the screen diagonally, and making it larger than any audience member could take in with one glance, the design creates an experience of depth. The last project, Susanne Kennedy’s version of Henrik Ibsen’s 'Little Eyolf', is the only one where images are projected into the design. This design fuses elements from the previous two projects. A gauze screen separates actors from the audience; sometimes this screen forms a barrier onto which text is projected; sometimes, when the space is lit where the actors perform, it offers a window into their claustrophobic world. At the back of the space is a second screen onto which images from medical films (microbes and blown-up x-rays) and of clouds appear, presenting the elemental aspects of the characters’ experience. Although I have used elements from film and video before, these three works together form a trio, a way of making the ideas and practices explored in the Masters course at Piet Zwart Institute my own.


set design for 'The Birthday Party' by Harold Pinter

director: Susanne Kennedy, Het Nationale Toneel 2011, foto: © Deen van Meer

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set design for 'Land Without Words' by Dea Loher

director: Jaap Spijkers, Het Nationale Toneel 2011

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set design and video design for 'Little Eyolf' by Henrik Ibsen

director: Susanne Kennedy, Het Nationale Toneel 2012


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final design fotos 2-4: © Carli Hermès

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