A K H N A T E N
Written by American minimalist composer, Philip Glass in 1983, ‘Akhnaten’ tells the story of the rise and fall of the Pharaoh Akhenaten. Set in Ancient Egypt, this is a story of power, religion, light and royalty.
Designed for the stage of the Royal Opera House, London, and inspired by the themes of light, I have developed a scenic design concept that builds on ideas of prismatic refraction, brutalist architecture and Ancient Egypt. It uses the idea of weaving both with light and fibres to create a visually dynamic, abstract world in which the story takes place. As the story develops, the space is designed to revolve and change, with spaces framed by geometric thread constructions and traditional jacquard cloths inspired by moire interference patterns.