LA BELLE HELENE
Jacques Offenbach


Opera bouffe in three acts
composer: Jacques Offenbach (1819-1880)
libretto: Henri Meilhac, Ludovic Halevy
first performance: Paris, 1864
direction : Marc Smit
set and costume design: Fer Smidt 
(i.c.w Judith van den Berg)
company: Nieuw Leven
premiere: Stompetoren, 9th October 1993


la belle helene
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In this second collaboration with director Marc Smit, after 'the Gondoliers', we designed this operetta in a contemporary style. 
We used prototypes for the costumes of all characters. The set was inspired on Greek architecture, with a dark background, with sparkling stars.



first design idea