||《The Nutcracker》stage design thesis project seeks to research and elaborate on the process of building the new interpretation of a classical dance drama; a stage design of 《The Nutcracker》without the background of Christmas.《The Nutcracker》contains a total of two acts and four scenes. The Taiwan National Theater will be used as the special setting of the design. Due to the imaginative nature of《The Nutcracker》is similar to a dream, the concept of dream theory will be set as the center of the stage design and the scenes of dreams will be used. |
The first step of the design thesis is to address the design concept and background, then bring up an idea：“What if 《The Nutcracker》don't happen in Christmas？”Next, the designer will building up the design concept through analyzing the text. At last, the design will integrate the setting of 《The Nutcracker》to the present age. Dream theories such as: Subconscious, Compensation, Symbols and Archetypes will be examined. Through the production process, the dream theories will then be experimented in aesthetic presentations of stage design.
The final art work will include stage design drawings, technical drawings and digital three dimensional models with scenic lighting. The stage piece seeks to interpret the classic anew without losing the essence of the dance drama. Ultimately, the design will create visual harmony with the original musical composition.