Production Designer: Luis F. Carvalho
Lighting Designer: Glen D’Haenens
Photo Credit: Glen D’Haenens
Waut and I were working on designs for a production of ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ for Essen Opera when he asked me if I would step in last minute and re-design sets and costumes for ‘La Boheme’ which Opera Zuid had commissioned him to direct. Having just started to work with Waut and really enjoying our collaborative process I decided to accept the offer. As it happens ‘The Cunning Little Vixen’ was cancelled and we went on to work in Maastricht on ‘La Boheme’.
‘La Boheme’ is a timeless piece about love and the death of youth/innocence. It became very apparent early on that Waut’s and my own visions of the piece were very aligned so it was a great pleasure to devise this new production of a classic. Starting from the humble perspective of the poet I generated a fragile world of poems and paper drawings/clippings that enveloped the action and contained it in a traditional box. Paper can be very strong yet fragile depending on the points of tension so this box became the metaphor of the strength in the friendships and the vulnerability in the love.