Research Publication Title

Scenic Design - Ballet Russes

Presenter Information

Laura SwarnerFollow

Major

Theatre & English

Faculty Mentor

Isaac Ramsey

Keywords

set design, ballet, theatre, performing arts, nijinsky

Abstract

This is a presentation of research that explores collaborative design work relating to the set design of Ballet Russes at Georgia College including research, models, paint elevations, ground plans, and production photos. The work was a collaboration with the director, other designers, and dramaturg to explore and create the world of the Ballet Russe company led by Sergei Diagheliv in the early 1900s. The research employed both an imagistic and textual method to examine the context of the era as well as period architectural styles and biographies of the major characters of the production, including the Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky that details his struggle with mental illness. The visual language of the set revolved around the major themes of the play as a space within Nijinsky’s mind. Through a process of textual analysis, the themes of power, manipulation, and ego were transformed into a visual world, and presented to the team through renderings and drafting to communicate the vision of the design for implementation.

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Scenic Design - Ballet Russes

This is a presentation of research that explores collaborative design work relating to the set design of Ballet Russes at Georgia College including research, models, paint elevations, ground plans, and production photos. The work was a collaboration with the director, other designers, and dramaturg to explore and create the world of the Ballet Russe company led by Sergei Diagheliv in the early 1900s. The research employed both an imagistic and textual method to examine the context of the era as well as period architectural styles and biographies of the major characters of the production, including the Diary of Vaslav Nijinsky that details his struggle with mental illness. The visual language of the set revolved around the major themes of the play as a space within Nijinsky’s mind. Through a process of textual analysis, the themes of power, manipulation, and ego were transformed into a visual world, and presented to the team through renderings and drafting to communicate the vision of the design for implementation.

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