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Collaborative Spectacle: Designing The Merchant in the Ghetto

Frank London    Composer

Stefano Nicolao    Costume designer

Peter Ksander    Environment and lighting designer

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Karin Coonrod describes Compagnia de’ Colombari as an ‘international collective’ that ‘generates spectacle wherever we go’ – a collaboration of energy, creativity and theatricality nourished by different cultures, histories, traditions, disciplines and techniques. In this chapter we hear from three theatre makers whose collaborative work on The Merchant ‘in’ Venice shaped the ‘spectacle’ of this production. Designing its costumes (Stefano Nicolao), music (Frank London) and lighting (Peter Ksander), they established how this production looked and sounded and designed a world for the actors to inhabit.

keywords: Designing Shakespeare. Site-specific design. Theatre design. Costume design. Lighting design. Music design. The Merchant of Venice. Compagnia de’ Colombari.

Language: en

Published: June 10, 2021  
permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/978-88-6969-503-2/003

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