ETC in Woyzeck World Tour
Tuesday, 2 October 2001
ETC in Woyzeck World TourRobert Wilson (left) with Tom Waits.
Stage director and visual designer Robert Wilson and poet and musician Tom Waits have teamed up with the Betty Nansen Teatret in Copenhagen to create a performance which has stirred up far-reaching and unconditional enthusiasm throughout Denmark and Europe. The production is the classic Woyzeck, by Georg Büchner, based on the story of a young soldier and his reaction to a warped society, culminating in the murder of his girlfriend. In the hands of Wilson and Waits, the play is given a strikingly modern look. Lighting designer A J Weissbard draws inspiration from traditional methods of creating environment and atmosphere, using specialized lighting effects to give the set a feeling of simplicity, whilst at the same time empowering the unfolding tragedy.

This first all-Danish performance of the 164-year-old tragedy was given at the Betty Nansen Teatret late last year, and the production has now embarked on a spectacular European tour. The theatre, which has a reputation of being one of the most interesting and successful theatres in Denmark, is recognized primarily for promoting modern theatre through strikingly contemporary interpretations. Weissbard chose leading Danish lighting rental company Stagelight to supply the European tour of Woyzeck with equipment for the lighting rig. Stagelite approached Bico Professional, ETC's Danish dealer, to provide them with 100 ETC Source Four luminaires. "I have used ETC products throughout my career," explains Weissbard, "as they are reliable and consistently good quality." For both the Danish production and the European tour, Weissbard uses a selection of standard and zoom profiles, for scrollers and the projection of text.

Critics have described Woyzeck as "a symphony of light and colour . . . produced and directed with exacting, sharply defined precision," and to create this impression Weissbard planned from the outset to use ETC products. With limited space at the Danish theatre and the need to double the rig for touring, the compact ETC Source Four provided the ideal solution. In addition, Weissbard chose the Source Four as "it is fast to work with and the beam is consistently good, giving off clean, bright light."

The critically-acclaimed production is receiving equal commendation for its European tour, which will visit The Gaiety Theatre, Dublin, Berliner Ensemble, Berlin and Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid among others, before coming to London's West End in September and October 2002.


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