An Enemy of the People
set & costume designer

 

RWCMD
Conceptual design
Digital model
2021

Reading the script, I imagined the spaces where the dialogue happened were floating. Characters are bound to their ideals and beliefs. The vulnerability that came from the poetic lines inspired me to think about a way that makes the space the characters were living in alive. Were power dynamics and social structures move alongside shape and light. 
I was looking for a way where the characters were lost in desolated spaces. Through light, charted the characters changing emotions and a reaction to the topic of the scene. Small movements and words have a direct impact on its surrounding. Yet, the hope that comes with the good and bad of people. Where mistakes and worries are shared and have the potential to transform a community.
I was curious to find a way where I could make the surrounding breathing and could become a character itself.  

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Instinct drawing

"You see how the light filters downward at that angle? It's beautiful ... don't you think?" (line from the text)

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Instinct drawing

"Everything may be extraordinary Peter. Or everything may be ordinary. It might all be a trick of the light ... " 

(line from the text)

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Costume drawings

Process

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"In this process, the words that hold a feeling for the light became the leading factor for space".

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