© 2019 by Yagil Eliraz

Creating Operatic Theater

     In 2010, I pitched an idea for a new course to Bezalel Academy for Art and Design. The goal was to introduce basic elements of theatrical thinking and design for theater to designers of non-theatrical disciplines. The test case that I chose for this course was my production Oedipus 2011. Part of my hope was to open the production to artists from other disciplines, who would join as designers in a later stage. The course was co-taught with Yael Kafuri, an expert in the meeting point between art and music.

 

     The first part of the course gave an introduction to the foundational principles of theatrical thinking and design for theater. The second part demonstrated how these principles manifest themselves in theater and opera productions. In the third and last part of the course, every student (or small teams) designed one aspect of a mock production of King Oedipus. Eventually, selected students from the course designed the set, costume and props of the production Oedipus 2011, which was produced that year in the Israel Festival.

 

                Bezalel Academy for Art and Design, Jerusalem, 2010-2011