HENNY DORR | VIVEK SETH
SCENOGRAPHY + PERFORMATIVE EXPERIENCE
Scorpion was a scenographic and performative experience of our interpretation of "The Metamorphosis" by Franz Kafka.
We wanted to put forward the idea that one's own turmoil can be a beautiful story regardless of how the story ends. We want our stories to be a mirror of our own melancholy in life and the audience themselves being a mirror for the space which tells the story. The audience should believe that the performance is their story being mirrored to them and hence feel like the space knows and understands them. Through the smart use of materials, semiotics, and other tools we want the spectator to be able to relate to this space on a very personal level.
Life throws a lot of struggles in our way. From a really young age, all of us come across different obstacles that we have to overcome. Our journeys may be different, the way we get past the obstacles may be different. We all have our own battles. We all have scars from our past unknown to others. And we should remember that others have scars too, just like us and that is what brings us together.
The spatial performance is for 10 people at a time. Visitors are given a black shirt to wear for the experience and let in one by one.
Space a - life
A transition space/walkway that represents the journey of life, with different obstacles the spectator has to overcome.
You squeeze through the strings, being born into life. Taut yarn tied across makes you bend small like a child.
Soft layers of cloth that one has to push aside like the comforting shelter or home that you slowly break away from as an adult. The cold air and the cold hanging metal rods that clang against each other and the spectator represent the harsh situations that life brings to you.
And finally, yarns again tied across but worn out and loose this time, you have to bend again like a fragile old person.
Space b - Reflection
The floor covered in sand, chairs in a circle and an old man sitting with cotton candy in his hand.
A projection plays on the sand floor till all 10 spectators are in and seated.
The projection turns off.
Lights turn off.
UV light turns on revealing marks on the black shirts that represent scars you get in the journey of life that( ie Space A)
An audio of a conversation between a little girl and an old man is played in which, the old man explains to the child that one should always remember that everyone has had struggles in life and without them, there is no life.