Shocking Shopping: New theatre design from Sanja Jurca Avci
This violent drama about extreme consumerism required a set which depicts the back spaces of the ultimate shopping centre while at the same time conveying to the audience something more: a detached, almost clinical atmosphere.
The main character Jozef K (reminiscing the famous Kafka’s character of course)
is awarded the prize for the 50.000th visitor to the shopping centre only to
realize that by accepting it he is becoming an insider and is crossing the line to
the other, ugly, side: he becomes the witness to blackmail, violence and murder
that goes on »behind the scenes«. In the end he, too, has to die.
The set consisted of a simple, white space that could change dramatically by various lighting effects through the transparent back-lit wall with the expressive orthogonal grid. The only other two elements on the set were a line of truncated plastic waiting room seating and a glass »smoking room«, which served as a »stage on the stage«.