In the spring of 2012 the Danish band Efterklang prepared to launch their new album Piramida to the world. The album was based on a visit to the old mining town of Piramiden at Svaldbard, Norway, drawing inspiration from the dramatic nature and abandoned buildings. To present the album the band planned an exclusive world tour playing a number of symphony halls with the band to join forces with symphony orchestras and artists.
The stage set for this world tour was designed and built as a collaboration between the Danish design agency Hvass&Hannibal and Re-Make/Re-Model. The result was a selection of large-scale simple geometric forms hanging above the orchestra with custom made projections creating a layered visual experience. The geometric shapes (two circles, one triangle and two sticks) were constructed from plywood and the band was able to bring the stage set with them on the plane between their destinations. The large shapes consisted of smaller modular pieces that could be bolted together by the band every night in a matter of minutes. The Piramida set design started its journey in the Sydney Opera House and later appeared in venues like the Barbican in London, Det Gamle Radiohus in Copenhagen, the Metropolitan Museum in NYC and Volksbühne in Berlin.
Collaborators: Hvass & Hannibal
Photo credits: Hvass & Hannibal