LA CALISTO

2019

Set and costume design for opera

Director // Tim Hopkins
Venue  //  Hackney Empire

SPECULATIVE DESIGN



 

Opera by Francesco Cavalli from a libretto by Giovanni Faustini

Layered set that keeps opening, drawing the characters in, together with the audience. As it opens, it gives an illusion of freedom, but only temporary. It shows another closed and hectic space that transforms, but never gives a possibility to escape.
Destroyed world of Arcadia is experiencing a rebirth. However, everything that we see growing, is a distorted and devious version of nature. 

SENSUALITY
DESIRE
DELUSION
EROTICISED REALM
DISTORTION
OBJECTIFIED BODY
DEVIOUS REBIRTH

La Calisto
La Calisto

La Calisto
La Calisto

La Calisto
La Calisto

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La Calisto

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Zofiówka Hospital in 1908 and 2018 - inspiration for the dried out Arcadia