Blood Wedding is a performance by the International Theatre Amsterdam, directed by Wim Vandekeybus. The piece is based on a story by the Spanish poet and playwright Federico García Lorca, a profoundly tragic tale of indestructible love with a fatal outcome. The performance brings the story to life through dance, theatre, and black-and-white film projections. Its scenography serves as both an evocative décor for the piece, a support for the cinematographic projections, and virtually becomes a character of its own on the stage.
An enormous piece of grey felt fabric is hung as a backdrop for the play. It is draped as one piece of fabric, with enormous folds that create depth. The fabric with its larger-than-life folds resembles a rocky landscape, especially in combination with the sparse lighting.
Curtains of that scale tend to hang straight under their own weight. In order to realize the large undulations, it was necessary to give the textile enough stiffness. This was done by attaching the felt cloths to a foam rubber base layer. A series of cables at the back fold the surface in different directions and make it possible to sculpt it in the desired shape.
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