The Transformation and Revelation exhibition is being brought to the museum’s Theatre and Performance Galleries next month with curatorial help from the Society of British Theatre Designers.
Scale models, costumes for opera and drama and video projections for stadium concerts will be drafted in, plus other sound, light and multimedia demonstrations to explain each designer’s inspiration.
This inspiration will be presented in the context of transforming space, light, sound and body for the stage, from concept, through to sketching, model making, and the real thing.
The exhibition will dissect the processes of stage design as well as a celebrating its results.
Rae Smith’s original drawings for the digital projections of War Horse (2007), Antony Gormley’s sketches for dance work Sutra, produced by Sadler’s Wells (2008), a scale model of Ralph Koltai’s theatre designs for An English Tragedy (2008) and photographs and models of Es Devlin’s set design for Lady Gaga’s Monsterball Tour (2009-2010) have all been borrowed for the exhibition.
Transformation & Revelation: Gormley to Gaga will be on display at the Theatre and Performance Galleries at the V&A, London, SW7 and will run from 17 March-30 September 2012