This is one of the great classics of the Spanish Golden Age of Theatre, and these are designs for an ambitious production that could be summarized in a few basic elements.

A golden floor when lit from the top symbolizes the rational mind and the luxury of the Palace where the King lives. However, when it’s lit form below it looks like magma, like a world in fire: Segismundo’s prision.

There are also a number of modular abstract units that can be shifted by the performers on the stage as the play progresses. Some industrial machinery and a court of characters that combine the exuberance of the Baroque and the gritty functionality of builder’s outfits and gear compete the picture of a production that recognizes its roots in the past while effortlessly  emphasizing its modern credentials.

As an extra dimension the designs include a life size building people could enter that should be placed near the theatre. It’s an installation  where the audience can have their own personal experience of the play in a space built as a metaphor of the concepts that permeate Life is a Dream.

Life is a Dream