TrAIN Open Lecture: Professor Arnold Aronson - From Riverbeds to Projections: The Ephemeral Stage

Open Lecture


Chinese Theatre in a Riverbed

Chaired by Professor Jane Collins.

Classical performances in China and Japan and elsewhere in the world were often presented in liminal spaces such as dry riverbeds –places that were non-existent at certain times of the year. In more modern times, design was created or supplemented by projection.

Today, projection mapping, live video feeds, and other digital technologies are challenging the historical presence of the stage. We are in a new era of the ephemeral or disappearing stage. This lecture will examine this phenomenon and explore how present practice relates to historical performance.

Arnold Aronson is a professor of theatre at Columbia University in New York. He is co-editor of the journal Theatre and Performance Design and the forthcoming book, The Routledge Companion to Scenography. His most recent book is Ming Cho Lee: A Life in Design.

This TrAIN event is linked to the ACTS RE-ACTS Performance Laboratory at Wimbledon College of Art 20th February -17th March.

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    Professor Jane Collins

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    Jane Collins, Professor of Theatre and Performance.
    I am a writer, director and theatre-maker who has worked all over the UK and internationally including The Royal Court in London, The Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, The Theatre Royal in York and The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC.
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