Thursday, 2 December 2010

Professional Practice - Case study of a theatre designer

Dan Potra - Theatre and Film Designer
Dan recently moved to the UK from Australia where he has graduated from National Institute of Dramatic Art in 1992. He has also graduated from Bucharest Art Institute in 1985.

He worked with companies including Opera Australia and Sydney Theatre Company as well as designing for the opening ceremonies of the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games and the Sydney 2000 Olympics.

Dan has designed for, opera, theatre, film, television and other large scale events across the world. These include Places like USA, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Russia.

His work in the UK includes ‘The Gathering’ at Edinburgh Castle, ‘L’incoronazione’
for Garsington Opera, ‘Samson’ for Buxton Festival, ‘Sweeny Todd’ at the Royal Festival Hall. As you like it, merrily we roll along, the importance of being earnest and Moon Landing at Derby Playhouse and the opening ceremony and Portrait of Nation events for Liverpool 08.
I think his work is very unique and brilliant. I like the way he uses different materials and fabrics for a set on stage to make it look more stylish. When he’s designing a set he also makes it look more eye catching as well and I choose him because of all the work he’s designed for, which is very interesting. A theatre/film production designer are usually gifted artists, who is normally art school trained, and often specialising in 3, theatre or film design. The skills that they have are to communicate visual ideas with images & words.

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