Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography

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Theatre and Performance Design: A Reader in Scenography, 1st Edition (Paperback) - Routledge

In an extract in the reader, Svoboda quotes Paul Klee on this point: 'Instead of the phenomenon of a tree, brook or rose, we are more interested in revealing the growth, flow and blossoming which takes place within them' Scenography is dramaturgically active, and might indeed be thought of as the equivalent of visual and spatial dramaturgy; see, for example, the editors' discussion of 'the scenographic' Hence the practice and theory of scenography are discursive, and this reader is 'an invitation to enter into this discourse, to participate in this journey of enquiry' 1.

The readings are divided into five parts, each of which contributes to the discourse of scenography.

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The sections move from broad issues of philosophy and perception, towards more specific issues of scenographic practice, and then broaden out again to the way that spectators make meaning from scenography within these various contexts. The sections recognise that this discourse involves, at least, the sub-discourses of ways of seeing, with all the cognitive, philosophical and cultural questions this involves; broad issues of space and place; the shaping of space and the visual - and aural and olfactory - field in performance by scenographers, and other theatre artists; bodies in space; and the contribution of spectators to meaning-making.

Each section is introduced generally, each reading is further contextualised, and there are suggestions for further reading at the end of each essay. In Part 1, 'Looking: The Experience of Seeing', readings cover'ways of seeing across a range of different historic and cultural contexts' 5. Extracts from Bertrand Russell and Plato address the philosophical issue of distinguishing between appearance and 'reality', while John Willats, Jonathan Crary and Ernst Gombrich address the problematic relationship between representation and the object represented.

ISBN 13: 9780415432108

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while. Read preview. She is a writer, director and theatre-maker, who works across the UK and internationally.

Andrew Nisbet is a lecturer at Northbrook College, Sussex, teaching theatre practice and theory. He has worked in conference, exhibition, event and temporary structure design and museum installations. We provide complimentary e-inspection copies of primary textbooks to instructors considering our books for course adoption.


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Stay on CRCPress. Preview this Book. Add to Wish List. Close Preview. Toggle navigation Additional Book Information. Description Table of Contents Author s Bio. The volume is organised thematically in five sections: looking, the experience of seeing space and place the designer: the scenographic bodies in space making meaning This major collection of key writings provides a much needed critical and contextual framework for the analysis of theatre and performance design.

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