In November we began a rehearsal process in the foyer outside of the theatre while the sets were being fabricated inside the theatre by an incredibly hard working and detail oriented group of Danes. We looked at costume mock ups, talked about lights- lots of lights- embedded in costumes etc, met with hat makers and worked alongside props and scenic painters- not a lot of rest but a lot of fun. We taught the performers how to string and operate marionettes which had shipped in crates from NYC. We spent two weeks in the rehearsals with the team and then handed all over to Rolf only to return again in January.
Sketch for Peer’s name in Lights.
One of the mourners masks
Stig Anderson- Danish hatmaker extraordinaire- 2nd generation- when asked when he started making hats- he said, “When I was born.”
A blank canvas (our marionette stage)
The canvas getting full, the table getting full and our Peer bunraku puppet in action with the pig puppet….
Becca Barnet- RISD graduate and former Phantom Limb intern has started her own company Sisal and Tow and PLC commissioned her to make us a deer head piece mask. Pictures of it in action coming soon- below Erik dons the mask.
The set with its clothes off…
String begins with a spider puppet of course. Never start with the easiest thing.
Working on the big Peer head that you saw pictures of earlier.
Testing out the multiple PEER idea… it works!
And our fearless director Rolf Heim on the case.