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Set & Stage Design

Punk Don Quixote

POSTED 3 March 2010
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The cooperation of the Tokio based Architect group Torafu Architects and the performing art scene came through Hiroshi Koike, founder of Pappa TARAHUMARA, to build a stage set for the company’s most recent production “Punk Don Quixote”. Pappa TARAHUMARA’s performance offers a mixture of theater, musical performance and dance but often defies categorization. Torafu Architects felt that a static back-drop was out of the question and thus they proposed a stage that would gradually morph, following the play in a dynamic way. The story revolves around a patriarch consumed by wild delusions and the members of his family. The play deals with contemporary problems in a bright and non-pessimistic manner imbued with hope.
The Architects proposal was a stage set with a house whose white walls would decay over time, portraying the family’s own disintegration as events unfold. Since Pappa TARAHUMARA’s stage lights are never lowered to accommodate stage re-arrangements, a great deal of thought and concern went into details to ensure the actions in one scene would set the stage for the next scene in a transitioning manner. Parts of the structure are turned upside down, moved or removed altogether from where they belong, causing it to gradually lose its purpose as a house. Like a puzzle disassembled into its pieces, the whole stage and its disarticulated parts become an integral part of the performance. Suddenly, the roles between humans and their strange creatures have been reversed. The story culminates with this shocking portrait as the house and its household lay in ruins.

FACTS

Project:

Punk Don Quixote

Design:

Torafu Architects, Tokio > www.torafu.com

Location:

Toshima Performing Arts Center, Tokio

Time frame:

11.12.2009-20.12.2009

Client:

Pappa TARAHUMARA, Tokio > www.pappa-tara.com

Pictures:

Diaci Ano, Tokio > www.fwdinc.jp