Shizuka Hariu / SHSH Architecture+Scenography

between the Imaginary and the Concrete

Copyright ©Shizuka HARIU 2021

Dystopian Dream at Sadler's Wells Scenography describes a representational space between a dream and the twisted reality. In the case of Dystopian Scape, the intention was to make a central open space for performers to move freely on stage level but also to move comfortably up a functional ramp that allows for wire action performance. This created three different characters of space: the central open space, the platform with a curved ramp and the nest of performers underneath the ramp. The central space was used as the main performing area for dance and music. It had stage props such as the three different shades of grey chairs, a thin table, a lampshade and a hanging swing. The platform sits at the back of the stage and is connected to a curved ramp, where dancers fly with wired-action. The platform also has a long staircase in which the top part is transformable, creating an effect similar to MC Escher’s Relativity, challenging the law of gravity. The horizontal solid wall behind the platform can also be transformed, one moment becoming the vertical floor with a chair and another moment becoming just a vertical wall. Underneath the platform are lattice elastic layers, which was also a hidden space for dancers and a singer. There are also lights on the inside of this platform that creates shadow visible to the audience of the performers inside. The overall scenographic design was harmonized in a light grey colour, producing slightly blurred edges of the staircase, ramp, screen, and wall. In every scene, the scenographic design will give varied sequences from the ground to sky level. Performers will float in between this dream like spaces alongside the music of Nitin Sawney’s composition of Dystopian Dream. Concept originator, co-devisor, album composer: Nitin Sawhney Directors, choreographers, performers: Honji Wang & Sébastien Ramirez Singer: Eva Stone Set Designer: Shizuka Hariu Costume Designer: Hussein Chalayan Video Designer and Projection Mapping: Nick Hillel Lighting Designer: Natasha Chivers Dramaturgy and Creative Consultant: Farooq Chaudhry Production : Sadler's Wells London Co-production: Company Wang Ramirez, Clash66, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg Théâtre de la Ville-Paris, Stanford Live, Théâtre de l’Archipel, scène nationale de Perpignan © Image from WangRamirez © Johan Persson. Original painting reproduced by kind permission of Paul Benney trap_03.jpg day_27_05.jpg are gone_06.jpg Dream_PR.jpg can