Focused on the contemporary Anglophone adoption from the 1960s onwards, Beyond Scenography explores the porous state of contemporary theatre-making to argue a critical distinction between scenography (as a crafting of place orientation) and scenographics (that which orientate acts of worlding, of staging). With sections on installation art and gardening as well as marketing and placemaking, this book is an argument for what scenography does: how assemblages of scenographic traits orientate, situate, and shape staged events. Established stage orthodoxies are revisited - including the symbiosis of stage and scene and the aesthetic ideology of 'the scenic' - to propose how scenographics are formative to all staged events. Consequently, one of the conclusions of this book is that there is no theatre practice without scenography, no stages without scenographics. Beyond Scenography offers a manifesto for a renewed theory of scenographic practice.
Dr. Rachel Hann is Lecturer in Scenography, University of Surrey, UK.
Acknowledgments Introduction Scenography as theatre-making Theatre after cinema Scenography after performance Chapter outline Chapter 1: Place Orientation, Scenic Politics and Scenographics Scenes and Scenic Politics Scenographics Othering Tactics Chapter 2: Scenography and the Anglophone theatres The first adoption of scenography Continental differences pre-1960 The second adoption of scenography Sound and costume as scenography Chapter 3: Scenography beyond scenographers Mise en scene and scenography Whose scenography? Beyond dramaturgy and choreography Expanded scene design? Chapter 4: Scenography Happens The time of scenography Scenography is not set Gecko's MISSING set Chapter 5: Scenographic Worlding Stage Geographies Stage Ideologies Scenography beyond stages? Stage-Scenes beyond vision Chapter 6: Scenographic Cultures Installation Art and Scenographic Scale Interior Design and Scenographic Behaviours Marketing and Scenographic Seduction Gardening and Scenographic Curation Protest and Scenographic Activism Chapter 7: Scenographic Architecture Fast Architecture Trompe l'oeil and Scenographic Propaganda Potemkin Villages and Scenographic Placemaking Conclusion