Project Dance Piece – 'The Double Room'
Location The Dance Factory in Newtown, Johannesburg, and the Grahamstown Arts Festival
PJ Sabbagha
Set and Costume Designer
Lisa Younger
Lighting Designer Declan Randall
Awards FNB Vita Award for Most Outstanding Presentation of an Original Contemporary Work 2002

set & costume design - The Double Room The set design for The Double Room is a series of flats constructed out of steel tubing, and covered with stretch cotton lycra, which are joined together to create 3 walls of a large room. These walls are then backlit to create a “double room” – two worlds, a space within a space, the conscious and the subconscious, where the life/memory/past behind the walls becomes as visible as the life present within the room itself.

The only furniture items in the room are an oversized red couch which gobbles up one of the dancers, an old fridge which spits out leftovers and some memories, and a yellow melamine table, chair and spoon, which come to life as dance partners during some of the routines. Performers also make entrances and exits through the walls which collapse outwards as the lonely man decides to leave the room at the end of the piece.

Review from Adrienne Sichel, The Star, 13th December 2002: “ The symbiotic relationship between all the dancer–choreographers, Nathaniel Stern's animation, interactive video and performed slam poetry, Lisa Younger's design and Declan Randall's light is utterly remarkable.”

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