As someone very new to the term scenography, I had asked for advice from a colleague beforehand. I understand it to be a broader definition of theatre design encompassing performance design, architecture and theatrical environments. I was in good company, though, as several conversations throughout the day returned to the difficulty in defining scenography and the problems that this causes in the UK and internationally, where the definition differs widely.
|A beautifully sunny day viewed from the Sackler building|
There was overwhelming agreement that exhibitions and theatre are coming closer together particularly with the current enthusiasm for immersive theatre experiences where the audience are free to roam around as they are free to do in an exhibition. Museums are increasingly curating exhibitions to immerse the visitors more and more in the content. There was a key note from the curator and designer of the recent V&A Opera: Power, Passion and Politics exhibition. The two designers from Curious Space, are theatre designers and used a theatre creative team to help them create the exhibition.
While we don't have the freedom, scale and budget of a lot of the exhibitions discussed, the NT can still take away some really useful thoughts on engaging the audience, using materials to inspire the design and exposing the process of theatre production.
This was a really useful and interesting forum and I look forward to engaging more with the TaPRA network.