The Nutcracker (2016) Scenography for Leipzig Ballet
Choreography: Jean-Philippe Dury
Scenography: Yoko Seyama
Costume: Aleksandar Noshpal
Video: Wolf Bittner
Light: Andreas Harder
Choreographic assistant: Yolanda Martin
Premiered on 24. September 2016
The Nutcracker presents the traditional winter Christmas evening, and we love to be entertained by its magical feeling corresponded by the Christmas. As scenographer, my challenge is to find a good level and relationship between tradition and the modern, to create our ‘ present Nutcracker’. The whole theme of the piece is ‘crystals’ and from this shape I created the whole sceneries.
ACT 1 / Tableau I - Christmas Day at the silberhaus family home
’White living room / Black nightmare’
In the first part of the piece in the living room, there are a few elements as the introduction to the imaginative and magical ‘crystal dream world’. In the white tone held living room we can focus more to the shapes of the objects. The Christmas tree is structured from triangles. An metal net creates the organic texture covering the structure of triangles growing to a height of 7.5 Meter.
To create a strong contrast compared to the white Living room, the Nightmare scene is held in a dark/black tone. For this scene, I enjoyed very much to deal with the scales, because the little Clara is getting small in her nightmare. Jean Philippe asked me to design a big chair to emphasize this scale, and I created the chair of 4.8 Meter height, which might be the biggest chair for the nutcracker history.
The Duet of Clara and the Nutcracker Prince
(In Clara's dream, The chair and tree, the Nutcracker grow to life size. the 4.8m heigh chair and the 7.5m heigh Christmas tree)
Act 1 Tableau II - The Land of Snow
One of the highlights in the Nutcracker is the Snowflake scene.
The snow crystals falling in the snow land represented by the vertical strings and the light of video projection.
I see the attraction of this set is the combination of physical strings and virtual image as light, both approach to the dancer’s bodies differently. When the body touches these flexible elastic strings, it manipulates the movement of snowflakes(dancers). Together with the video artist, Wolf Bittner, we created the totally new expression of this scenery.
ACT 2 - Christal palace (the Land of Sugar Plum Fairy)
Fragments of crystals are forming the palace in Act2.In the beginning, I thought for this scene to realize it in Limestone, creating a cave. I became more attracted by my idea of realizing a crystal cave. First organic shapes came into my mind, however when I simplified the forms of the organic shapes, it ended up with a construction using polygon shapes. Originally this scene is held in the kingdom. I added the elegance and nobleness by using clear symmetrical shapes and the colors in the combination of modern and classic styles. The color Gold is very effective not only because of it’s color associating with wealth but also because the characteristic behavior towards light. It's reflections create mysterious atmospheres.