To Set a Stage

by on April 27, 2015
 

   Who sets the stages where performances— dance, theatre, comedy, or otherwise— take place? The front and center performers are, of course, the main draw for an event. But what would a piece be without its backdrop? From the minimalist settings to the most ornate, intricate details, we take a look at who— and what— goes into putting together the final pieces for stage presentation.

Credit: Stage Theatre Company of South Australia

Credit: Stage Theatre Company of South Australia

   One of the main components is effort and tenacity. Along with this comes a creative mind and collaboration between artists. State Theatre Company of South Australia’s production of The Comedy of Errors has proven that awe and disbelief— and pianos— can be suspended within a set. From paintings of rolling prairie hills to flying Peter Pans, planning and determination make for a good production.

 

   Of course, a good knowledge of where to acquire resources and the actual stuff of a set is important: props, materials, and the manpower to set it all up. Songs of the Wanderers, performed by Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan, created a set using 3,500kg of golden rice fell on the stage.

Credit: The New Israeli Opera

Credit: The New Israeli Opera

    And sometimes, you can just never go too big. Taking The New Israeli Opera’s adaption of Don Giovanni, an entire hot air balloon (made to smaller scale) made its way to the stage. Essentially, the creators of these beautiful sets exercise all of their prowess for design to ensure a beautiful, captivating backdrop for the audience.