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The Routledge Companion to Scenography

Edited by Arnold Aronson

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602 pages | 103 Color Illus.

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The Routledge Companion to Scenography is the largest and most comprehensive collection of original essays to survey the historical, conceptual, critical and theoretical aspects of this increasingly important aspect of theatre and performance studies.

Editor and leading scholar Arnold Aronson brings together a uniquely valuable anthology of texts especially commissioned from across the discipline of theatre and performance studies.

Establishing a stable terminology for a deeply contested term for the first time, this volume looks at scenography as the totality of all the visual, spatial and sensory aspects of performance. Tracing a line from Aristotle’s Poetics down to Brecht and Artaud and into contemporary immersive theatre and digital media, The Routledge Companion to Scenography is a vital addition to every theatre library.

Table of Contents

Introduction

ARNOLD ARONSON

Part I: Scenographic Elements

1. Stage and Audience: Constructing Relations and Opportunities

BETH WEINSTEIN

2. Scenery

THEA BREJZEK

3. Costume

MICHELLE LIU CARRIGER

4. Light and Projection

SCOTT PALMER

5. Sound (design)

DAVID ROESNER

6. Scenography and the Senses: Engaging the tactile, olfactory, and gustatory

STEPHEN DI BENEDETTO

Part II: Scenographic Theory and Criticism

7. Theatrical Languages: The Scenographic Turn and the Linguistic Turn

AUSTIN E. QUIGLEY

8. Seeing scenography: Scopic Regimes and the Body of the Spectator

JOSLIN MCKINNEY

9. Absolute, Abstract and Abject: Learning from the Event-Space of the Historical Avant-Garde

DORITA M. HANNAH

10. "What is happening": Notes on the Scenographic Impulse in Modern and Contemporary Art

KEVIN LOTERY

11. Scenography Beyond Theatre: Designing POLIN The Museum of the History of Polish Jews

ARNAUD DECHELLE

12. Participation, Interaction, Atmosphere, Projection: New Forms of Technological Agency and Behavior in Recent Scenographic Practice

CHRIS SALTER

Part III: History and Practice

Architecture as Design

13. Scenography in Greece and Rome: the first thousand years

C.W. MARSHALL

14. Imagining the Sanskrit Stage

AMANDA CULP

15. Tudor and Stuart Scenography

ANDREW GURR

16. Playing with materials: performing effect on the indoor Jacobean stage.

JANE COLLINS

17. Early Modern Theatres of France and Spain, 1486 -1789

FRANKLIN J. HILDY

18. The Open-Stage Movement

DENNIS KENNEDY

Spatial and Environmental Design

19. Medieval Scenography: Places, Scaffolds, and Iconography

GORDON KIPLING

20. Storyteller as Time-traveler in Mohammed ben-Abdallah’s Song of the Pharaoh: Multimedia Avant-Garde Theatre in Ghana

JESSE WEAVER SHIPLEY

21. Environmental Theatre: Selected Asian Models

KATHY FOLEY

22. The City as Theatre

MARVIN CARLSON

23. Site Specific Theatre

MIKE PEARSON

24. Free reign? Designing the Spectator in Immersive Theatre

W.B. WORTHEN

Pictorial and Illusionistic Design

25. The Italianate stage including the development of the proscenium, perspective, and moveable scenery.

EVAN BAKER

26. Restoration and 18th century England

DAVID KORNHABER

27. 18th-century France

PANNILL CAMP

28. Melodrama, Naturalism, and the box set

AMY HOLZAPFEL

Symbolic and Emblematic Design

29. Richard Wagner, Georg Fuchs, Adolphe Appia, and Edward Gordon Craig

CHRISTOPHER BAUGH

30. Russian Stage Design and Theatrical Avant-Garde

JULIA LISTENGARTEN

31. Expressionism And The Epic Theater In Early Twentieth-Century German Stage Design: The Expressionist Ethos

MEL GORDON

32. Bertolt Brecht and Scenographic Dialogue

CHRISTOPHER BAUGH

33. New Stagecraft

DAVID BISAHA

34. Bauhaus Scenography

MELISSA TRIMINGHAM

Modern and Contemporary Design

35. Metaphor, Mythology and Metonymy: Russian Scenography in the Yeltsin Era

AMY SKINNER

 

36. Transformation of Forms: Polish Scenography After 1950

DOMINIKA ŁARIONOV

37. Modern and Contemporary Czech Theatre Design: Toward Dramatic Spaces of Freedom

BARBORA PRIHODOVA

38. Worlds of German Design in the 21st Century

MATT CORNISH

39. Modern British Theatre Design: UK Design for Performance Since 1975

KATE BURNETT

40. Latin American Scenography

LUIZ SA AND LIDIA KOSOVSKI

41. Design in the United States and Canada

ARNOLD ARONSON

42. Spatial Oscillations in the American Avant-Garde

STEPHEN BOTTOMS

43. Contemporary Chinese Opera Design: The Pursuit of Cultural Awareness

YI TIANFU

44. Postmodern Design for Opera

EWA KARA

About the Editor

Arnold Aronson, a theatre historian and professor of theatre at Columbia University in New York City, writes on scenography as well as modern and contemporary theatre. Books include Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design; The Disappearing Stage: Reflections on the 2011 Prague Quadrennial; Looking into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography; American Avant-Garde Theatre: A History; American Set Design and The History and Theory of Environmental Scenography. He is a former editor of Theatre Design & Technology and is currently co-editor of the journal Theatre and Performance Design. He has a long history with the Prague Quadrennial, the international exhibition of theatre and performance design and architecture, serving as President of the Jury in 1991 and 1999, curator of the US exhibit in 1995 and General Commissioner in 2007.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General