Set against Sydney Harbour and the city skyline, the head of Nefertiti stands tall and proud, despite her decay. Two towers stretch up, either side, raining fire.It’s a spectacular vision – the word of Director Gale Edwards and Designer Mark Thompson, realised in wondrous detail by Thompson.
Edwards believes the story of Aida is a powerful and political one. “At the centre of the piece is a love affair – it has to be – but it is love in a world of war, a world with no place for love.” Convinced that these themes spanned the ages, Edwards has not confined Aida to a particular period.
“I wanted Mark to use imagery from classical Egypt and modern Egypt and blend that unashamedly,” Edwards explained. “I wanted one person to have a rifle or a machine gun and another to ride a chariot and for those images to sit comfortably together. I’m not doing a museum piece. Nor am I doing a contemporary take on Aida, in miniskirts.
“I think what we’ve ended up with will be quite thrilling to see, visually.”