M Butterfly Opera

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Butterly

Play by David Henry Hwang

Theoretical Design

Scenic Design by Andrés Poch

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Tonight, I've finally learned to tell fantasy from reality. And, knowing the difference, I choose fantasy.

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M Butterfly Death
M Butterfly Jail
M Butterfly Commune
Design Process
Research
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Having Gallimard start the story from jail, I wanted to keep the show as a memory play. Therefore, research centered around how the Chinese world could come into the jail space and highlight the level of fantasy Gallimard lived under.

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Architectural Reference

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Emotional Reference

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Cultural Reference

Historic Reference

Cornell Box

Following the teachings from Joseph Cornell, I created a three-dimensional collage using found objects to explore the themes and visual elements from the show. 

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