A dance theatre work inspired by the literary style of magical realism.
Scene Design, scene production, costume design/costume production, props, concept, story, choreography, performance: Karola Lüttringhaus
Lighting Design: Karola Lüttringhaus, Jennifer O’Kelly
Scene painting: Jennifer O’Kelly
Photo above by Bryan Snipes.
'Rooms' is a story about Martha, and her involvement in the death of her youngest sister.
Stage: Costumes and set are reminiscent of times gone by. Focal point is a small house that holds models of the real house, which is represented on stage only by means of a few walls, a chandelier, a window and a fireplace. A portion of the walls moves to change the space. An exterior door is freestanding on downstage left. The airyness of the space suggests the imagined nature of the scene, rather than a real location.
Costume youngest sister: Big heavy shoes. White short dress with silver sparkly embellishments. In one scene we see her with a stone suit she has made for herslef, to maker herself more like other people: She is so light that she needs weighing down: heavy shoes and stones that she glued on to a suit which make loud sounds as the performer moves. The suit covers up her wings. Her 'spirit self' appears as a beautiful young woman in a white dress and wings.
Martha is dressed in a feminine outfit, of dominantly beige tones as if they have taken on the color of dust from years of travel.
The middle sister transforms from an invisible child into an eccentric woman with colorful clothes and hat.
Supported by the Winston-Salem Foundation, the John Wesley and Anna Hodgin Hanes Foundation, the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, The Vintage Theatre, the Academy of Dance Arts, O’Kelly Design Studios, Free Lance Staging, Gern’s Design Production…, the Millennium Center and many others, volunteers, donors and friends. Thank you for your support!
Premiere: May 24, 2006, Winston-Salem, NC
(Preview: June 9th, 2005 Piccolo Spoleto Festival)