The Potentials of Spaces

The Theory and Practice of Scenography and Performance

Edited by Alison Oddey and Christine A. White

Edited by Alison Oddey and Christine A. White

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

188 pages | 6-3/4 x 9
Paper $35.50 ISBN: 9781841501376 Published June 2006
The Potentials of Spaces interrogates the relationship between scenography and performance in contemporary dramatic activities. The book provides an illuminating platform for discussion concerning the interrelations between theatrical movement and gesture in physical space. In exploring territories of performance, the author equally combines theoretical research with details of dramatic methods and performances, thus providing a valuable insight into working practices. Avant-garde and experimental approaches towards sensory, spatial and visual aspects of the stage are described and explored.

Through a discussion regarding the performance possibilities viable through technological development and new media in recent years, the book aims to challenge tradition and inspire new creative directions upon the stage. The book breaks new ground on dramatic and spatial awareness within the tropics of theatre. An essential text for those interested in, or studying, theatrical practice and scenography.
List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Potentials of Spaces
Alison Oddey & Christine White
PART I Different Beginnings
1 Directors and Designers: Is there a different direction?
Pamela Howard (UK)
2 Different Directions: The potentials of autobiographical space
Alison Oddey (UK)
3 Collaborative Explorations: Reformulating the boundaries of scenographic practice
Roma Patel (UK)
4 Flatness and Depth: Reflections
Nick Wood (UK) 

PART II Performance Potentials
5 Digital Dreams: Sleep Deprivation Chamber
Lesley Ferris (USA)
6 Re-Designing the Human: motion capture and performance potentials
Katie Whitlock (USA)
7 Smart Laboratories: New media
Christine White (UK)
8 A Place to Play: Experimentation and Interactions Between Technology and Performance
Scott Palmer (UK)
PART III Aesthetic Visions
9 Scenographic avant-gardes: Artistic Partnerships in Canada
Natalie Rewa (Canada)
10 Codes and Overloads: The Scenography of Richard Foreman
Neal Swettenham (UK)
11 Spatial Practices: The Wooster Group's Rhode Island Trilogy
Johan Callens (Belgium)
12 Physicality and Virtuality: Memory, Space and Actor on the Mediated Stage
Thea Brejzek (Germany)
Selected Bibliography
Biographies of Authors
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