Johanna Mårtensson-Crossing The Line Theatre Design

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Interview with Johanna Mårtensson : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. Johanna Mårtensson : By placing the audience around a circleshaped table, like the court of Europe, I wanted to create a room where the audience involves, interacts and reflects about their own part in a course of events. .Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. Johanna Mårtensson : To involve the audience and make them consider .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. Johanna Mårtensson : We would love to tour this play, since the set design is very handy to transport. .Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. Johanna Mårtensson : I worked on the design over a period of six month, allthough not all the time, I had other commisions aswell. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. Johanna Mårtensson : It was commisioned for this play by Teater Komet. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. Johanna Mårtensson : This design belongs to this particular play. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. Johanna Mårtensson : No, but I looked a lot at conference rooms and the room for the court of Europe. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. Johanna Mårtensson : A theatre audience. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. Johanna Mårtensson : The name was given by the author Ninna Tessman. .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. Johanna Mårtensson : I built a model out of cardboard. The final set was built of metal legs and wood. .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. Johanna Mårtensson : The way the audience naturally becomes a part of the action, acting both witnesses and court. .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. Johanna Mårtensson : I collaborated with director, writer, actress and lighting designer. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. Johanna Mårtensson : Technicaly this was a simple set design to build. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. Johanna Mårtensson : No. .Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. Johanna Mårtensson : It is as always a challenge to find the right idéa for a particular play. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. Johanna Mårtensson : I would like to take part in an international arena, Sweden is a lovely but small country for Theatre Design. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. Johanna Mårtensson : When I do a set design I start visualising the idéa through building a scale model, on every work I do I learn something new about the very interesting border between idéa and the realization of the idéa. I also learnt a lot intelectually on this project, since I collaborated with highly intelectual people. .Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. Johanna Mårtensson : (Many of those questions refer to a design product. Theatre design don´t fit in to some of those questions. ) .

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