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Stappen (22): Stairs in spaces.  [nederlands]

Maybe i missed out on a glorious career. A few steps too few, too high or just a misstep. Or can i still... at 60? I don't know.
Actually, i've always liked it: making models or strange decors. I usually took pictures of it and that was it. I never thought about a study that had something to do with that; theatre was never really in my system, perhaps because i didn't get much of it from home. At school i once helped make a huge decor, which i enjoyed, but it wasn't really challenging: a pattern was projected onto a white wall, and then i had to use gray paint to cover the shadows. Only from a distance could it be seen that it was supposed to represent a Roman situation, with columns and statues of gods. If someone had told me that you can also do those kinds of things professionally, a light might have gone on. Because even though i made things back then, i can still remember some paintings and drawings that - in today's view - could have been useful as theatre design.

Well, i am an artist, perhaps more of a tinkerer or jack of all trades, and so later i sometimes made models or strange objects, the purpose of which i actually did not know.
Maybe i've just always been too aimless.

I usually took pictures of those scenes and that was that. The actual shapes were (are) collecting dust somewhere for a while, only to be thrown away after years.

A photo of a model, of 3 rooms at the bottom, silver-colored walls, it is small, the middle room has a door that is slightly ajar, behind it it is dark. Upstairs there are also three rooms, the middle one has a staircase, a kind of concertina door is visible on the right, and in the room on the left there appears to be a door or curtain made of bamboo.

The photo above is of such a model made in a type case, this is only 1 part of it. You could think of 6 different monologues, which are spoken by 6 different actors, each standing or sitting in such a space.

Recently i decided to take another look at what i want to make in the near future, and i don't remember what caused it, but the whole idea of creating scenes and sets came back again. So i will deal with that after the move. Although i still don't know what to do with it. Will they be photos again, photo comics perhaps? Short animations? Or will they become objects in their own right? Or all of it?

Thinking and contemplating this way, i once again delved into the theatre collection of the Allard Pierson museum (the collection was once part of the TIN, where i collaborated on a number of projects), and it immediately struck me that there's so much use of stairs in theatre designs. Which is so logical, because stairs provide more space and layering on a limited number of m2.
Now i had made a selection of 111! models, in the hope of being able to show them by means of a link to the collection page. But unfortunately. That doesn't work at all, everything is so hermetic there that you can actually only watch and nothing else. Celsius of course thinks all kinds of things about that. Then print, no, that is only possible with 1 page, but what should i do with that? So, i cut and paste a few from my selection, you'll have to make do with that, it's no different. Or check my search tip* beneath these 3 pictures.
They are gorgeous though, i would really want to live in them.

Photo of a model for a theater production; a wooden floor with a bare staircase of four steps in black at the back, against a black semi-circular background. On the right is a panel that is part of a wall, with a door in it, and wall panels painted on it, in red; behind the panel is a space with a rise against the wall. Paul Gallis, 1978, design for 'Familiar faces, mixed feelings', photo: Ernst Moritz. Link to the object in the Theatre collection UvA: here

Photo of a model for a theater production; A bright space, with a small building in the middle with a door and window, which has two floors in steps; to the left, a staircase runs up from the floor, with a door recess to the left at the same height as the floors. At the front left is a glass booth, which can accommodate just one person or two. Paul Gallis, 1983, design for 'Night, the mother of day', photo: Ernst Moritz. Link to the object in the Theatre collection UvA: here

Photo of a model for a theater production; At the front a flat staircase leads to the stage, with an old wooden floor, behind it is a kind of stage with steps on two sides, with a kind of column arch, a large arch and a smaller one, with a Roman appearance. Wim Vesseur, 1949, for the production 'The murder in the cathedrale', photo: Ernst Moritz. Link to the object in the Theatre collection UvA: here

* The search tip: Go to Advanced Search, bij 'Search in' you choose 'Museumcollection' and in the field Object category you click or enter 'maquette'. You could also enter a keyword, of sort on date. Click on 'Search', and when the result shows, you can choose for the gallery display at the top left, then it will be easier to see if a photo is attached to the objects. It may take some time to load.
Another tip: as soon as you find something of your interest, click on the name of the creator. Most of the time you will find many more beautiful sketches, designs, and such.

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DateTime: 2024 feb 11, 17:21 CET
LatestEdit: 2024 feb 11, 17:17 CET
Author: Mulder


 Characters: Ernst Moritz 
 Characters: Paul Gallis 
 Characters: Wim Vesseur 
 Organisation: Allard Pierson 
 Organisation: TIN (Theater Instituut Nederland) 
 Photography: Hannah Celsius 
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 Stories: Steps 

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