Elena Tzara

Concept Design

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Who Is Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Various Set Models

Set Design

A collection of storyboards I’ve created:

1. A set design for the British Band ‘Belleruche’ in a small Theatre in Sydney.
The main component of the stage design are the collaged clouds, as clouds quickly form, transform and to vanish, just as a series of songs that captured you for a while and then fade away. The ladders represent a journey, a development and a change of states of mind. They eliminate the association with an angel-like world, which would not fit in with the band image and also the vocalist is able to move between levels during the show. The ladders’ shape and proportions are unusual which takes the set even further away from reality. Where the first ladder is protruding out of the clouds, guests sitting in the higher rear rows might be able to see the forest underneath.
The light will have a very important function in this set, as it reflects the mood of the songs and will transform the stage from sunset at the beginning to sunrise at the end of the show. During the “night phase” of the concert, the dark blue parts of the stage and blue light dominates but the brighter, white parts of the clouds are still visible. At sunset and sunrise the yellow and orange parts of the set will be brought out with red light and will have a great effect against the light blue background of a evening/morning sky.
Another effect will be smoke-clouds that rise from some areas, every time the band steps on these spaces. This will bring the sky to life, the clouds into a 3D-perspective, helps with the intenseness/power of the light effects and makes the set interact with the band.
An additional detail is a floating zeppelin in the shape of a fish in the upper right hand corner of the stage. Through its painted style, it contributes to the arty-feeling and focuses on the painted nature of this set. The zeppelin invites all the guests to get on board and join the band for a trip to a faraway place, at least for a while.

2. A set design for the famous theatrical piece „Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?“ by Edward Albee. Around the edges of the set, bathroom and kitchen are hinted at by floor covering and the actors’ gestures. All other stage props are oversised and the only comfortable, homelike object is the window, behind which the frozen backdrop of the city can be seen. Aside from the square armchairs in the middle of the stage, the rest of the furniture is moving back and forth on tracks in the background, as one-dimensional pictures. With everything taking place in front of the pictures, the whole setting has a clownesque feel to it reminiscent of a shooting-gallery.


Set Design: Elena Tzara
Photography: Simon Hrebicek