Crossing the line
For the play we read The Lucifer Effect by Philip Zimbardo and other experiments around what makes evil actions. My goal was to find a space where the audience could be both the judges as the witnesses, aswell as beeing a part in this intelectual experiment. I looked at schools, laboratorys, hospitals aswell as courts and conference rooms.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
A reasoning monologue about cause and effect, what leads us to commit actions, that we would not have considered possible. By placing the audience around a circleshaped table, like the court of Europe, I wanted to create a room where the audience involves, interacts and reflects about their own part in a course of events.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
An audience of 48 people are seated around the table. The actress performs both within the circle like a classical arena, three seats are reserved for her so that she is often seated with the audience around the table, she also acts standing on top of the table, sitting on it, and around the table. Those options made very dynamic changes, where we could play with status and hierarchy aswell as distance and nearness between the actress and the audience. She could be one of them aswell as acting superior to them.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
I started to work on the idea about 6 month before the opening in october 2012. The set was built 4 weeks before the opening.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
An audience of 48 people where invited to sit around the table.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Diameter of the table 7000 mm.
theatre design, conferense table, audience interaction, experiment, involving room
The major research by author Ninna Tersman was based on Philip Zimbardos experiments and writings around what causes us to commit evil or heroic actions. His questionable experiment, the lucifer effect, learnt us that most people can commit the most cruel actions if believing in an authority. Coming from this, for the design I researched and defined what spaces that has a built in hierarchy.
As always, the challenge was to find the right idea for the text, as this clever script was very reasoning and intelectual, the goal I set up was to create a room that involved the audience in the philosophic turn of mind.
TEAM MEMBERS (6) :
Photographs by José Figueroa, Director Fredrik Meyer, Writer Ninna Tersman, Actor Lena Mossegård, Lighting designer Magnus Mikaelsen and Theatre Group Teater Komet
Johanna Mårtensson, 2012.