Finding the shades

May 31 2014 Sophie Tessier

_9230038-nef_1000px(R)_webOptimInterview with Emily Brassier, light designer with a pronounced passion for teamwork. She tells that Daral Shaga might have enriched her professional experience, and touched her through its way to bring the migrants journey closer to our own reality.


Can you talk about your personal journey?

I come from plastic arts, I studied fine arts in Rennes, where I have always worked on light sets. Naturally, I’ve ended in the theatre field, to work more professionally, with teams, on more ambitious and alive projects. I got specialised in lighting, through a 3 years training at the Théâtre National in Brussels. There I’ve met Fabrice and Giacinto. I worked on different projects with them and then they offer me the job of the light designer for Daral Shaga.


How was the creation, with these new aspects for you: circus?

Fabrice’s approach, the way he creates scenes as paintings, was familiar to me. On the other hand, circus was something different. I discovered the magic side of circus when it is aerial : if the lights are great, very beautiful things can appear. The constraints of acrobatics are not the same for comedians. And, here, there is not only one circus apparatus, so you have to find the harmony. For a first challenge with circus, I had the chance to be allowed to experiment, in agreement with the acrobats, and it was really rewarding. Then, the score brings stability, and gives its structure to the show. Live music creates an incredible energy, the show does not breathe as a theatre play, it is really more pulsating.


What do you think of the achievement of the work today?

Since we had this constraint of being able to mask the set and to create several areas on stage, we’ve managed to isolate, to bring some mystery and to make each scene live differently. I had colours in mind at the beginning and it is not necessarily what we chose at last. With the peat, the general hue of the show has lived from itself. I have tried to respect this organic aspect and to find the shades inside of this.


What does this theme of the show – immigration – mean for you?

I am really touched by the way the show deals with it, in the libretto, through the crossover portraits of three characters. I am touched by the way we hear the voices of the immigrants. The choice to leave your country in order to find something better somewhere else is very violent, you lose everything, you risk everything. This violence is their daily life and we live alongside, we don’t watch it anymore, we don’t face it, it is too hard. And I like, in Daral Shaga, the character of the emigrant, rooted in our daily life. There is the trip of the father and his daughter and, closer to us, the portrait of this person who is here, by our side.



Photo © Ariane Malka

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