set designer for opera and perfomance designer

Push, push baby!

Náměstí Jana Palacha, Prague, Czech Republic

Performance design / Elena Zamparutti + Franceasco Cocco
Performers / Kierstan DeVoe, Nirav Moro, Tessa Bohling De Gree, Federico Pian, Sára Jan Märcová, Francesco Cocco, Elena Zamparutti

Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space / Studio Festival
Support / Istituto italiano di cultura di Praga
Photos / Gioele Peressini


As stage designers our creative processes are constituted by points of magic intuition and exhausting routes of reworking: moments of joy and satisfaction and eternities of instability and repetition, with the sensation of carrying a gift that is also a weight. Our destination is the theatre itself but we often can get lost in the process. As the rock of Sisyphus, our ideas seem to go up and down multiple times while we push them to our destination. And also every time we “reach the top” and realise one idea, we’ll have to fall again back to the bottom of the process for the next one. As Camus says about the condition of Sisyphus, even our apparently vane fight to the top, to the final joy, can make our life a joyous pro- cess itself. As Sisyphus fights his way to the top, believing in his act, even if the Gods are against him, we face the challenge to create something non-existing every time, and the fight to the top itself can fill our human hearts. Is, as Camus says, our vane journey to the top enough to fill our human hearts?

The Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space was established in 1967 to bring the best of design for performance, scenography, and theatre architecture to the front line of cultural activities to be experienced by professional and emerging artists as well as the general public.

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