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Dance of Death

Sketch of Groundplan
1985 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Sketch of a groundplan by Voytek for August Strindberg's Dance of Death directed by Keith Hack and produced by Bill Kenwright, Riverside Studios, 1985. This production opened on 30 May 1985.

Dubbed Voytek by George Devine, Wojciech Roman Pawel Jerzy Szendzikowski (1925-2014), was known for his distinctive designs for the stage, theatre and film. Drawing his elaborate designs from in depth analysis of each script or screenplay.

Winning the Military Cross for his role in the Second World War, Voytek transferring first to Italy and then to Scotland after the end of the war where he enrolled at the Dundee Art Collage. In 1947 he moved to London, becoming a student of stage design at the Old Vic Theatre School. His career as a stage set and costume designer began with the Nottingham Playhouse whist his work on TV drama began with ABC Television and on film with Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac.

His theatrical works concentrated on major regional theatre and touring companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Shared Experience; he was head of design at the Liverpool Playhouse from 1981-1982.

The collection this design is from also contains working drawings, model pieces, photograph, production notes as well as press cuttings and programmes relating to Voytek’s career as a production designer for the stage, television and film.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleDance of Death (generic title)
Materials and techniques
Ink on tracing paper
Brief description
Sketch of groundplan by Voytek for August Strindberg's Dance of Death directed by Keith Hack, Riverside Studios, 1985
Physical description
Pen on tracing paper sketch of groundplan by Voytek for August Strindberg's Dance of Death directed by Keith Hack, Riverside Studios, 1985. The design shows a groundplan comprising a divided-up rectangle at an angle with three long narrow rectangles underneath and lines scrolling across the page.
Dimensions
  • Height: 29.5cm
  • Width: 41.4cm
Marks and inscriptions
16. 20 4 16 (On front side in black ink)
Credit line
Given by the artist
Literary referenceDance of Death
Summary
Sketch of a groundplan by Voytek for August Strindberg's Dance of Death directed by Keith Hack and produced by Bill Kenwright, Riverside Studios, 1985. This production opened on 30 May 1985.

Dubbed Voytek by George Devine, Wojciech Roman Pawel Jerzy Szendzikowski (1925-2014), was known for his distinctive designs for the stage, theatre and film. Drawing his elaborate designs from in depth analysis of each script or screenplay.

Winning the Military Cross for his role in the Second World War, Voytek transferring first to Italy and then to Scotland after the end of the war where he enrolled at the Dundee Art Collage. In 1947 he moved to London, becoming a student of stage design at the Old Vic Theatre School. His career as a stage set and costume designer began with the Nottingham Playhouse whist his work on TV drama began with ABC Television and on film with Roman Polanski’s Cul-de-Sac.

His theatrical works concentrated on major regional theatre and touring companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company, Nottingham Playhouse, Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Shared Experience; he was head of design at the Liverpool Playhouse from 1981-1982.

The collection this design is from also contains working drawings, model pieces, photograph, production notes as well as press cuttings and programmes relating to Voytek’s career as a production designer for the stage, television and film.
Other number
THM/153 (Voytek Archive) - Archive number
Collection
Accession number
S.2031-1994

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Record createdOctober 2, 2014
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