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Overview

Scenography - the manipulation and orchestration of the performance environment - is an increasingly popular and key area in performance studies. This book introduces the reader to the purpose, identity and scope of scenography and its theories and concepts. Settings and structures, light, projected images, sound, costumes and props are considered in relation to performing bodies, text, space and the role of the audience.

Identifies key pioneers who have shaped the meaning of scenography, encouraging an understanding of the significance of pioneering work

Introduces theoretical frameworks with which to analyse scenography, supporting the reader in grasping the relationship between scenographic practice and relevant theory

Opens up potential territory for scenographic development, challenging the reader to consider a wider application of scenographic principles.

This series is designed to introduce students to key topics arid authors. Accession and lively, these introductions will also appeal to readers who want to broaden, their understanding of the books and authors they enjoy.

Ideal for students, teachers and lecturers

Concise, yet packed with essential information

Key suggestions for further reading

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Editorial Reviews

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'The writing style is accessible and inviting; lucid, economic and reasoned, entirely suitable to the purpose of the book. For the undergraduate market the writing is appropriately academic and yet maintains a personable voice.' Fred Meller, Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Performance Design and Practice

'What makes [the book] successful is the range of scenographers it considers, from Appia in the early twentieth century to Robert Wilson in the late twentieth and early twenty-first century. … Each section is impressively documented with photographs and illustrations. The combination of text and illustrations makes the book complete, inviting, and a great introduction for students and their instructors.' Theatre Design and Technology

'This book is excellent as an introduction to the study of scenography for undergraduate students. It provides both an examination of the theories of key practitioners and a foundation in the techniques of critical analysis. … the range of twentieth-century theorists and practitioners chosen and discussed by McKinney and Butterworth equips the student reader with an understanding of the emergence of scenography as both a way of thinking about how theatre is made and experienced, and as a set of related strategies and practices.' Rachel Nicholson, Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance

'McKinney's and Butterworth's textbook is a coherent and thoughtful examination of the subject that weaves together primary sources and contemporary scholarship as it maps out an understanding of how scenography works physically, technologically, philosophically and culturally.' Theatre Research international

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Meet the Author

Joslin McKinney is Lecturer in Scenography at the University of Leeds.

Philip Butterworth was formerly Reader in Medieval Theatre and Dean for Research at the University of Leeds.

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Table of Contents

List of illustrations viii

List of boxed quotations xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgements xv

Part 1 Elements 1

Chapter 1 What is scenography? 3

Chapter 2 Twentieth-century pioneers of scenography 9

Part 2 Processes of scenography 81

Chapter 3 Text as conditioner of image 83

Chapter 4 Recognising and realising space 104

Chapter 5 Technology as performance 126

Part 3 Realisation and reception 149

Chapter 6 Analysis of scenography 151

Chapter 7 Reception of scenography 171

Chapter 8 Completion and exchange of the image 189

Notes 198

Bibliography 218

Index 228

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