Die Stühle

2021

 

Costume design for ‘Die Stühle’, Origen Festival Cultural, Switzerland

 

“As the world is incomprehensible to me, I am waiting for someone to explain it.” Eugene Ionesco.

The couple in Eugene Ionesco’s 1952 play ‘The Chairs’, live in a circular room in a tower in the middle of a circular island surrounded by nothing but stagnant sea. They are isolated from the world and also from each other.

“Let’s amuse ourselves by making believe”.

Preparing for a big announcement to be made which will affect the future mankind, the couple greet imaginary guests and reminisce about past times but ultimately the empty chairs and invisible crowd become a metaphor for the reality of unreality.

In this seminal example of the Theatre of the Absurd genre; time, place and identity are ambiguous and fluid. The futility and loneliness of the human condition is highlighted, perhaps suggesting that the only way to bring meaning to our time on earth is to decide for ourselves what is meaningful.

 

ChoreographyDustin Klein

Composition and live musicSimon Lovermann

Costume design – Louise Flanagan

Actor – Felix von Bredow

Dancers – Nicholas Losada, Réginald Lefebvre

Lighting design – Crego Christian

 

Premiere – 26th July 2021, Julierpass, Switzerland

 

PhotosBenjamin Hofer

Camera (Trailer) - Terence Kohler, Manoela Gonçalves

Editing (Trailer) – Anne Gryczka

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

2021

 

Set and Costume design with Dustin Klein for ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, JK TYL Theatre, Pilsen, Czech Republic

 

Choreography – Dustin Klein

Music – Simon Lovermann

Set and Costume designDustin Klein and Louise Flanagan

Projection designDustin Klein and Simon Lovermann

 

Premiere – 29th May 2021, JK TYL Theatre, Czech Republic

 

Photos - Irene Štěrbová

 

TraumAlpTraum

2021

 

Costume design for ‘TraumAlpTraum’, Theater St Gallen, Switzerland

 

Choreography – Dimo Kirilov Milev, Ihsan Rustem

Set design – Kinsun Chan

Costume design – Louise Flanagan

Light – Rolf Irmer

Dramaturgy – Marius Bolten

 

Premiere – 20th May 2021, Lokremise, St Gallen

 

Photos – Gregory Batardon

Psychomachia

2020

 

superbia versus humilitas

idolatria versus fides

ira versus paciencia

luxuria versus temperantia

 

In Herrad from Landsberg’s 12th century illuminated manuscript ‘Hortus Deliciarum’, the Psychomachia illustrations depict the battles between the female virtues and vices. In Dustin Klein’s ‘Psychomachia’ these battles are overseen by the game show host Fortuna, deciding who will rise and who will fall by spinning the wheel of fortune.

 

Costume design for ‘Psychomachia’ Origen Festival Cultural, Riom, Switzerland

 

ChoreographyDustin Klein

Costume design - Louise Fanagan

MusicSimon Lovermann 

Lighting design - Serge Schmuki

Voice and Text - Felix von Bredow

Dancers - Henry Grey, Kristina Lind, Elvina Ibraimova, Maria Chiara Bono, Carollina de Souza Bastos

 

Premiere – 25th July 2020, Riom Castle, Switzerland

 

Photos - Laura Sánchez

Film – Maxim Derevianko and Serena Perla

 

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