Beyond scenography – new exciting book
Day 17. A few hours in the sun, by the sea, then back to the article I'm writing on The New Swedish Ballet (1970). I am interested in demonstrating the capabilities of a scenographic perspective as a way of better understanding what the dance group struggled to achieve under the six months it existed.
This new book seems to be a promising read if you are interested in the powers of the "scenographic": "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." More here: https://www.routledge.com/Beyond-Scenography/Hann/p/book/9781138785069