Envision 2019 Stage Production & Building Teams Feature
One of the most unique and exquisite factors of the Envision grounds is the stages that are produced from the most incredible stage production and build teams around. Envision Festival would literally be unimaginable without these humans. They are not only our friends, but our family and they go ABOVE and BEYOND for all of us.
These teams create an experience for Envision guests that is interactive, striking and appealing. The hard work and dedication that goes into months of preparation is clearly visible from the meticulous, dynamic and electrifying stages that bring Envision to life. Each stage represents a different aspect of labor that was curated for connection and musical grace.
Trevor Hall at Sol Stage Envision 2019
The Sol Stage at Envision 2019 was designed by Zebbler Studio, a multimedia design team, specializing in custom video-mapped installations, video editing and animation, interactivity, software design, fabrication and lighting. Their creation this year was brought to life by colorful animations and visual mapping.
Zebbler, Owner and Creative Director at Zebbler Studios, touched on their experience with Envision, “Zebbler Studios specializes in that very thing that made us such a good fit for this. We love to create video mapped art that enhances events in beautiful, shimmering, magical ways. Working with Envision Festival gave us a chance to design projection art on a massive scale, for an audience immersed in a jungle setting listening to some of the best musicians in the world – there’s no more fun way to work on your art than this.”
Zebbler explained there is an underlying passion when seeing a theoretical design go from a laptop screen to towering over a jungle canopy. He explained how this several month process creates an intense sense of astonishment, as honing in on the overall experience with one another, is truly a work of art itself.
“Envision Festival is one of the most collaborative experiences I’ve been a part of. You can really understand the meaning of the saying “it takes a village” when you see all of the underlying teams of volunteers, staff and artists making this event possible. It’s also been one of the smoothest in my experience – the festival really takes care of their folks, with well run staff kitchens, shuttles and scheduling. That always feels great. We’ve also formed some great friendships along the way. Some of our favorite memories were made here,” Zebbler said.
Zebbler Studios and their team designed the Sol Stage with bamboo, repurposed plywood and fabric. Truly though, the visual projections really bring the stage to life.
The Village Stage was extremely special this year, as it housed world-renowned speakers and artists of all sorts for Envision Festival attendees to educate, learn and absorb. Natalia Giacomini was lead Stage Designer for the Village Stage. Giacomini got involved with Envision six years ago doing interactive art installations and has since been a local artist involved.
“This year Envision invited me and gave me the opportunity to create this beautiful stage. It is one of my biggest passions to create and build unique things for all the amazing humans that come to enjoy the festival. I really love and enjoy to see them having fun where I put my soul and my heart into. This was my second year building stages and so far my biggest one and I love it so much that I want to continue creating stages! I am already having crazy ideas for a next one,” Giacomini said.
Giacomini explained that her biggest passion was getting her hands dirty while building. She loves climbing, scaffolding, operating the boom lift, and completing the puzzle by layering driftwood one by one. Bringing a sketch to life through visualization, hard work and adapting to the environment was a dream part of the build process for her.
Giacomini has experience with interior and exterior design, sculpting, and mixed media art, so all of these elements were intertwined into creating the Village Stage. Natural resources, mainly bamboo and driftwood, were a main resource for the stage. This year, the Village Stage was a running ecosystem that radiated energy from the plants built into it, to shine the lights on the stage.
“First of all what makes Envision special for me are all the people that work there, they are absolutely incredible human beans. It is amazing to see and experience that we are all connected by the love and passion we have for co-creating an amazing community. A place where when the festival starts, everyone can come and vibrate high with it and experience the most magical moments in the jungle of Costa Rica. It is a really teamwork, everyone is helping each other, the kindness, generosity and predisposition of all the people, is what makes Envision so special,” Giacomini said.
The Luna Stage was designed by Hoodie Salinas, a stage designer who specializes in building with environmentally conscious design and construction. Hoodie’s approach uses locally sourced and reclaimed materials to construct them in a artistic display that is visually stimulating. His interactive designs are aimed to be encompassing of the transcendental experience between stage presentation and in this case, the jungle.
The Luna Stage was home to deep psychedelic bass-filled nights that completely interknit the wild jungle dance party and the ecstatic energy radiating from the surrounding stage and fire. This stage was one of the biggest builds of the festival, and the dedication and hard work radiated throughout the crowd.
Hoodie Salinas began as a volunteer at Envision 2013 and was very quickly inspired by the art, music and natural materials being used. Salinas was quick to acknowledge the stage designer and show his interest, as his passion was ignited.
“I always make sure I feel uncomfortable when I submit a design, it’s one of the major parts of my process. The more uncomfortable I feel, the more I‘ll learn and strive to achieve the unknown. Challenge is key. That fuels me like no other,” Salinas said.
Salinas touched on how the collection process is one of his favorite parts of the build. The Luna Stage this year was framed with different species of bamboo (constructed by Bacon Josh and his team), driftwood and palm fronds seed pod.
“Palm fronds seed pod, which are my new favorite material to work with for its flexibility, ease of cutting and continuous texture it provides. The main face, crocodiles and green leaves were all made from this material,” he said. He continued, “Driftwood, which is always my number one boo. This material always blows my mind with every single piece, especially in Costa Rica. They are so many beautiful one of kind pieces, and really just art on its own. The process in building with these put me in a state of trance. This is my zen,” Salinas said.
He explained it was key to have an eye for materials and how they can be used. Plus, it was necessary to aim to use as much natural and reclaimed material as possible, and to train the eye to see everything as a possibility for a build. Salinas exclaimed that having fun while working created the perfect balance and watching everyone work together, giving artistic freedom and watching people grow before his eyes was the best part of the festival experience.
We are humbled by the devotion and commitment our stage production and build teams have to creating the most badass artwork out there. These interactive and eye-opening designs are capstone canvases of our jungle paradise.
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