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Hildegard Bechtler
The Damnation Of Faust by Hector Berlioz

Author: Hildegard Bechtler

Performance space: The London Coliseum and transfer venues in Antwerp and Ghent

Theatre company/company produced for: English National Opera/De Vlaamse Opera, Antwerp

Month & year of original production: From May 2011

Project description:
For this recent ENO production of The Damnation Of Faust, the director Terry Gilliam used German history during the first half of the twentieth century as his setting. Faust journeys from the natural idyll of German Romanticism, through the jagged and fractured shapes of Expressionism and is finally overtaken by the brutal simplicity of Fascism.


Artform:
Set Design

Designers:
Set designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Costume designer: Katrina Lindsay
Lighting designer: Peter Mumford
Digital video NA: Finn Ross
Director/choreographer: Terry Gilliam
Other creative collaborators: Conductor - Edward Gardner

Image gallery

Hildegard Bechtler - The Damnation Of Faust by Hector Berlioz

Faust unpacks his cabinet of artefacts.
Faust’s desire to achieve order out of chaos provided us with a leitmotif - his study. In these images from early in the opera, Faust begins to unfold his cabinet of artefacts, which he has carried through the idealised German landscape as a pack on his back.

Photographer credit: Tristram Kenton

Hildegard Bechtler - The Damnation Of Faust by Hector Berlioz

Faust is confronted by Mephistopheles in his study
Faust's cabinet expands to form a library, laboratory and retreat where Faust is confronted by Mephistopheles. Later in the piece, the study box is torn apart, fragmented and ultimately burned.

Photographer credit: Tristram Kenton

Hildegard Bechtler - The Damnation Of Faust by Hector Berlioz

In this early moment from Scenes From An Execution in the National Theatre Lyttelton, Fiona Shaw as Galactia is seen sketching her lover Carpeta (Jamie Ballard) in her painter’s studio. Gerrard McArthur playing The Sketchbook appears far upstage in a self-lit Perspex box, which descends from above before moving forward as he commentates on the action taking place below.
Produced by: National Theatre
Performed in the Lyttelton from 4th October 2012
Director: Tom Cairns
Set and Costume Designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Designer: Peter Mumford
Music and Sound Design: Ben and Max Ringham

Photographer credit: National Theatre and Philip Carter

Hildegard Bechtler - The Damnation Of Faust by Hector Berlioz

Act 1, The lawyer's office from THE MAKROPULOS CASE by Leoš Janáček
These three images of The Makropulos Case demonstrate how a simple palette of scenic elements was used to create a “theater raum”, to move the action from a lawyer’s office in the first act, to the disarray of a backstage area in an opera house in the second and finally to the hotel bedroom of Emilia Marty in the last act.

Photographer credit: Robert Workman

Hildegard Bechtler - The Damnation Of Faust by Hector Berlioz

Act 2, backstage at the opera house from THE MAKROPULOS CASE by Leoš Janáček
Produced by Opera North
Opened in the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 11th August 2012
Conductor: Richard Farnes
Director: Tom Cairns
Set and Costume Designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet

Photographer credit: Robert Workman

Hildegard Bechtler - The Damnation Of Faust by Hector Berlioz

Act 3, Emilia Marty's hotel suite from THE MAKROPULOS CASE by Leoš Janáček
Produced by Opera North
Opened in the Edinburgh Festival Theatre, 11th August 2012
Conductor: Richard Farnes
Director: Tom Cairns
Set and Costume Designer: Hildegard Bechtler
Lighting Designer: Bruno Poet

Photographer credit: Robert Workman

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