Uniquely, the production was set during the last days of Ginberg's life when friends and family gathered to honor him, attend his last moments, recall his life, sing and share in the collective grief and completion of one death.
From the moment the audience entered, we wanted to strip away the safe distance and fourth wall away, and create an immersive experience. Working with the existing architecture of the venue, we created a version of Allan Ginsberg's apartment where the audience was forced to enter through the front door and tread his space somewhat before they could find a seat.
The venue was not naturally a traverse, in fact, it had never been used in that way before. So the logistics of the seating was very much part of the design, as was the placement of the super titles and the orchestra.
Additionally, we were responsible for the design & execution of props.
Research | Statement Film
(created for Setting the Stage: a cooperative initiative by the Bundy Museum to develop appreciation for Opera)