EUROPA Stage by Ada Projects in collaboration with Adam Donen
“A stage defines action. Actors define nothing - they just perform.” - Berthold Brecht
Europa is a musical and dramatic work seen through the prism of Brecht’s idea that a stage defines action more than the actors who perform upon it. We wanted to fuse architecture with music and performance and create a dramatic piece with the STAGE as the lead actor. EUROPA started with a bare skeleton of a stage and an orchestra and choir in the middle of the square. While the music played, slowly stagehands and actors brought objects, pieces of park furniture and games towards the centre. Some of the pieces were pushed, some were worn as costumes and some were played as musical instruments. The pieces became a composite stage, which grew to 6 times its original size. These elements then began to ‘perform’ as part of the opera.
The magically oversized indoor and outdoor play space of The Royal London Hospital’s dedicated Children’s Hospital, called The Ann Riches Healing Space, designed by architects Cottrell & Vermeulen and graphic designer Morag Myerscough.