Hansel and Gretel (2011) based on the opera by Engelbert Humperdinck

Scenic and costume design. In collaboration with Charlotte Höchsmann

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In my work as a scenic designer I prefer to use all elements as multi perspective objects that can develop a life of their own. The stage design for “Hansel and Gretel” was a wagon with three different outside appearances and a couple of storage racks filled with boxes that contain the parts of the soon-to-be wood. A change of scene happens by turning the wagon on the open stage, revealing new surfaces with a different content: A fireplace at home, a fairground organ and a corrugated-iron shack in the woods. The changing scenery consisting of the same objects refers to a common interpretation of the fairy tale as a near death experience of the starving children: In the end of the opera Hansel and Gretel have never left the fireplace at home from the initial scene, and yet have traveled far in their imagination.