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Shizuka Hariu

Sacred Monsters (amphitheatres)

Sacred Monsters (amphitheatres)
  • Production: Co-producers : Sadler’s Wells (London) Grand Theatre de Luxembourg, Les Nuits de Fourviere/Département du Rhône (Lyon), Missno Limited : Supported by Arts Council England, The Quercus Trust, The Bell Cohen Charitable Trust
  • Company: Akram Khan
  • Venue: Lyon Les Nuis des Forvieres
  • Year: 2007
  • Directed by: Akram Khan
  • Choreography by : Sylvie Guillem’s solo by Lin Hwai Min, Khan’s solo by Gauri Sharma Tripathi and Akram Khan
  • Composer : Phillip Shapperd
  • Lighting Design by: Mikki Kunttu
  • Costume Design by: Kei Ito
  • Scenography by: Shizuka Hariu
  • Design © Shizuka Hariu
  • Image © Shin Hagiwara
This is the second version of the scenography for Sacred Monsters at amphitheatres in Lyon, Barcelona and Athens for summer festivals. The challenge was to protect dancers from the strong wind and give a large scale environmental scenography. By creating again an imaginary sacred space, the design followed the original version, although the the volume on the stage was transformed. In this version, the two large scale curved lines stand on the floor, wrap the musicians and provide a wall to hide the dancers. Due to the strong reflection of light on the white scenography, the audience could clearly see dancers' movements in the amphitheatres during the summer nights.