stage design at Perpetuum, St. Pölten (AT), 2018
with Maria Schwarzmayr
director / Gerhard Egger
costume / Ale Elsbacher
stage design / Maria Schwarzmayr, Edgar Lessig
stagehands and lighting design / Thomas Gallhuber
"Höllenangst" by Johann Nestroy is a play about confusion and mistaking, which leads to plenty of different fast changing scenes. The only element being present in almost every setting is some kind of room. Therefore our key element is a cube portraying a simplified archetype of a room. For each scene the cube has a different position on the stage, representing an anchor point of the implied spaces that are somewhere settled around. Even every space itself is only a simplified version of its own. What's necessary is there, the rest is left out.
An industrial plastic curtain is covering the backside of the cube, embodying a wall on the one hand but also providing the opportunity of fast entrances and exits on the other hand, on a stage that is limited to only on possibile entrance.