The Midsummer Night’s Dream is about the clash of two very different worlds. Trying to think of a concept for this project, I was in the washroom one day and was staring at the tiles on the floor. All of a sudden, it hit me. The dark and light tiles on the floor reminded me of chess, a game where two players try to capture each other’s King! Therefore, I decided to design that court people as marble chess pieces, and the forest people wooden.
王室人物 Court People
They are marble chess pieces. Naturally, Theseus would be the King, and Hippolyta the Queen. However, because Hippolyta is the Amazon Queen who was abducted by Theseus to the court, she is made of pink pearl or coral. Egeus is a rook, and Philostrate a bishop. The four young lovers, Hermia, Helena, Lysander, and Demetrius, are knights, and the six rustics are the pawns. They would all have white body makeup or leotards, and their padded costumes would be painted with marble patterns. They are a cold, less lively group of people, compared to the forest characters.
森林人物 Forest People
The forest people are painted wooden chess pieces. Titania is the Queen, Oberon the King, and Puck a bishop. Oberon’s fairies are pawns, and Titania’s fairies, Peaseblossom, Moth, and Cobweb, are rooks. They have natural skin colour, yet they will be painted all over with their assigned colours. Titania and Oberon would have brighter, richer paint, Puck’s paint is peeling off, and the fairies’ paint is fading. Bottom, when he turns into an ass, grows wooden ears and a mossy mane, and turns into a knight.
The court people dress up for the wedding; therefore, they have a pale sheen of colour on their pale white costumes.
王室戲劇表演 The Court Play
The marble actors of the court would want to decorate themselves in what they would call “costumes”; therefore, a little bit of painted marble would be what they would wear.
羅寗 Michelle Ning Lo