Absinthe Production Design by Vivian Lu

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Absinthe

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Production Design

INSPIRATION:
Absinthe was a project that has given Vivian a chance to explore potential visuals merging physics and scenography. It was a play that explored topics on physics, matter and psychology. She wanted to experiment with different ways to unearth a new power to enhance audiences sense in the whole theatrical experiences. Vivian wanted to find new ways to capture audience’s imagination and to see how to create different relationship with time.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Vivian introduced the technology of laser light sound visualiser to magnify senses in the whole theatrical experiences, and allowed sound to be seen. She custom-made different laser light gadgets and experiments with different materials to find the best one to be used on stage. Every angle of the middle circular stage was carefully designed and the inclusion of technology brought a whole new blend of artistic richness in theatre. The beauty of the design is the limitless interpretation of the set according to their understanding of the play. The oval stage represents time, but can be seen as the milky way, Möbius band etc.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Through the sound vibrations spoken from the actors, laser lights were distorted based on the frequency of spoken sound. The visuals that came out from the actors and actress voice varies drastically due to the pitch of their specific voice.. The actors rehearsed for months with the devices to create a specific imagery to go with the set design.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The show was first showcased in Beijing in 2019 then toured around in Shenzhen and Shanghai in 2020.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The project required a lot of research and experimentation, especially experimenting with the laser light sound visualizer, making sure the visuals created from different sound frequencies went hand in hand with the general set design. A lot of prior research also had to be done on the subject matter or physics, black holes and relativity, to create a stage that portrayed elements of these subjects, to allow audiences to quickly connect and be immersed into the show as it was a play that discussed quite complex subjects. For the staging and material we chose dark reflective panels to create the effect of this vast yet mysterious universe, also covering it with splattered paint to symbolise the milky galaxy. This and stage received great feedback, and special mentions on review platforms highlighted and praised the stage design and effects, and how it truly immersed people into the story.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Vivian experimented with different forms of custom-made sound laser visualiser to best utilise actors on stage

TAGS:
Scenography, Stage Design, merging physics and set design

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
Every angle of the main stage was experimented with consideration of the feasibility on how actor’s move on set. We experimented with different inclination of the set and prior to the performance, we trained actors to walk, run and jump at different angles we have on the circular stage to avoid stage accidents. The whole stage was built with extensive technological difficulties and precision because we had to find the balance of designing it to achieve desired artistic visual but also take intensive examination that structurally it is strong enough withstand immense weight.

CHALLENGE:
On the initial design part, there are a lot of discussions on how to tactic a complex play, where many deep subjects were discussed and visually portray it all in a manner that guided the audience into the topics and be immersed into the world. Technically during production the curvature of the oval shape had to be very exact, as we wanted to visually make it look really smooth when we detach it to different shapes. The kinds of wheels were also a very big technical challenge as the different points of attaching the wheels made a huge difference on the stage's mobility.

ADDED DATE:
2020-02-14 14:53:29

TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Stage Designer : Vivian Lu and Director : Johnny Tam

IMAGE CREDITS:
Vivian Lu, 2019.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Vivian Lu Design Studio Limited

PROFILE:
Vivian Lu, a visual designer who has worked on exceptional stage to much market applause. From theatre set visuals to costume designs, runway shows to large elaborate events, She has been executing shows and design internationally. Lu delivered over 60 shows in the past five years. She has won the the DFA Design for Asia award 2019 in Hong Kong for celebrates design excellence and acknowledgments on outstanding designs. Her company has won the 2016 "Specialist in Stage and Event" with Mediazone Hong Kong.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Absinthe Production Design by Vivian Lu is a Nominee in Performing Arts, Style and Scenery Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Absinthe Production Design by Vivian Lu is Winner in Performing Arts, Style and Scenery Design Category, 2019 - 2020.



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