Hi and welcome to belliandbelli.com in progress….

We are a production design collaborative that works in theatre, opera and cross art form as designers, artists, associate artists or assistant designers on projects nationally and internationally including West End and Broadway.  Our core strength is the quick generation of strongly narrative visual ideas for new writing, classics, dance, music theatre and opera, founded on R & D and a measure of gut instinct.

Following an amazing period of R&D in Glasgow at Scottish Opera towards the end of last year, we’re currently working with director Phelim McDermott and composer Lliam Paterson (Improbable/Scottish Opera/Manchester International Festival) on a new devised opera for babies. BAMBINO premieres this summer.

Project in development SIX OF ONE & HALF A DOZEN OF THE OTHER explores a new performance model instigated by theatre designers and focuses around a theatre set that inspires writers to respond. We aim to create a pilot production of 6 new 20-minute plays of mixed genre and repeat our model in multiple regions nationally.

Our collaboration with screenwriter and novelist Phil Cosker, CRUELTY TO ANIMALS is now a completed libretto, with music to come from Composer Lliam Paterson, emerging artist at Scottish Opera. We’re all very excited by Lliam’s music, and his alliance on the development of the libretto to opera is a tantalising prospect.

Our sculpture installation BLESSING, a collaboration with Doddington Hall in Lincolnshire will form part of their Summer of Imagination Festival. A group of unicorns is known as a blessing. They are an ancient symbol of grace, purity and innocence. Seeing one would bring fortune and good luck to the gazer; seeing a group was seen as a blessing. Our unicorns running freely amongst a field of flags upon which are written the wishes of children, are an expression of their innocence and optimism, and a magical glimpse into the future.

We were design associates to David Roger on opera proposals for ADRIANA LECOUVREUR for Gergiev at the New Mariinsky Ballet and Opera Theatre, St Petersburg……

Designs for Opera and music theatre include SIR JOHN IN LOVE and LA RONDINE for the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland both directed by Ben Davis – TO THE SILKWOOD TREE Nottingham Contemporary/Streetwise Opera, and Children’s Opera RUMBLED for Wigmore Hal, both directed by Hazel Gould and composed by John Barber – Several opera/music theatre collaborations with Iain Burnside and Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the RCM included premieres A SOLDIER AND A MAKER at The Barbican, and JOURNEYING BOYS – Others include FALSTAFF, CARMEN and WEST SIDE STORY for Grange park Opera/Pimlico Opera, LA TRAVIATA for Opera Holland Park, POETRY OR BUST written and directed by Tony Harrison and many others.

Our set design for A SOLDIER AND A MAKER featured as installation in CREATING A SCENE, an exhibition of notable works by recent and contemporary British artists/theatre designers at the National Centre for Craft and Design, and Oriel Davies Contemporary Gallery.

Since relocating to Lincolnshire, we have become more involved in discussions relating to the process of making theatre and its cultural position within the city, county and beyond. An early introduction to OPEN PLAN, a local place-making studio, encouraged us to fully engage the bigger picture here, working with key practitioners and organisations, the University and the City Council. This has included community projects and youth engagement, speaking at Nottingham Trent, Huddersfield, Bishop Grosseteste and Lincoln Universities, and mentoring students in the professional workplace.

We are founder members of the Waddington Cultural Collective, a cross art form group for whom analysis of process is central; and have recently delivered a symposium at The Collection – Lincoln, supported by the Contemporary Visual Artists Network – exploring cross art forms with regional artists and engaging those differences positively.

Last year we founded 1to25scale.com and were commissioned by the City of Lincoln to provide their citywide branding artwork for 2016.

Have a look at our galleries; a selection of some of our favourite images.

Giuseppe and Emma

Current Project

BAMBINO by Lliam Paterson, directed by Phelim McDermott
In collaboration with Scottish Opera, Manchester International Festival and Improbable
A first operatic adventure for 6 to 18 month olds

BAMBINO

“It is inspiring to create a new opera for what is possibly the most discerning – and important -audience there is.
We all know babies respond to music and we want to nurture and stimulate that relationship through their very first opera.”
Phelim McDermott