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WSD2017|3 catastrophes I happily Survived
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.


Emerging Designers


Rodrigo Cortes

3 catastrophes I happily Survived

Selected Category: Performance Design

Category: Performance Design, Set Design, Space Design

Design Statement

As a final project in my studies at zhdk, I choose to create an original play about the 3 catastrophes I lived through out my life:
I nearly died in these 3 situations. So i put together a team to create and make an experience of different views about each catasthrophe between my like . Our task was to make people feel intensively these three moments by generating 3 performances in 1 and submerging the people in 3 different decades.
While fukushima was to put you now inside the reactor, London is an abstraction and a meditation inside a bomb sound and Mexico is a performance of how I survived an earthquake and my child point of view. The process was an adventure with creative people to understand the power of these catastrophes and embrace them with knowledge, humor and deep cuts in my soul.This show won 2 awards in Belgrad and in Turin.


Rodrigo Cortes

Born in Mexico, Rodrigo Cortes has been working as a chef and architect until he found

out about theater Design.

Studied architecture in Mexico, he then changed to set design in 2004.

He made professional practices for two years in Tokyo, Japan along his master set

designer Shimakawa Toru in the New National Theater Tokyo. He studied and worked as

an assistant director and set designer for 13 western and Japanese operas. He also studied

the technical and aestetics of KABUKI, which was really influential for his work.

He later moved in 2013 to Zurich Switzerland where he studied Interaction Design /

scenography In the Zurich institute of art & design (ZHdK).

His final project "3 catastrophes I happily survived," based on his experience in Fukushima

daichii meltdown, london bus bomb and Mexico city earthquake was awarded with 3 first

prizes and 1 Jury prize in Switzerland, Italy and Serbia.

Email Address: rodscenography@gmail.com

Theatre Company Okubo Studio

The Premiere Date of Production 2016-02-21

The Premiere Space of Production Zhdk

Author Rodrigo Cortes

Director/ Choreographer Rodrigo Cortes

Set Designer Rodrigo C0rtes

Lighting Designer Rodrigo Cortes

Costume Designer Theres Indermaur

Sound Designer Olav Lervik

Projection and Multi-Media Designer Simon Pfaff

Other Creative Collaborator/s Dramaturgy: Andri Perl,
Production :ZHdK,
Additional Support:Michael Simon, mentor