Set Designer: Luis F. Carvalho
Costume Designer: Ana Spinelli
Lighting Designer: Yan Godat
Projection Designer: Leandro Suarez
Photo Credit: Leandro Suarez
Giulio Cesare is one of those rare pieces one only comes across the opportunity to design once or twice in ones career so it was a great pleasure and opportunity to embark on this project when Bruno contacted me and asked me if I wanted to design the sets. The stand in Moutier is a beautiful and traditional pavilion with an amazing wooden beamed, vaulted ceiling and so designing for this space was not going to be the traditional experience. It meant most of the set had to be ground based as there were very few hanging points for overhead scenery.
Next came the challenge of designing a multitude of locations, both interior and exterior, and without any wing space or ability to fly scenery. Referencing the period the piece is set in I used the Egyptian pyramids as a basis for the concept and developed the building block theme until there was an elegant and clever way of re forming the stacks of blocks into various configurations, thus allowing us to depict, the palace, the courtyard, the bedroom etc.