Smalley, Michael (2012) Unity, contrast and topology as the three coordinates of scenography. In: Compass Points: The Locations, Landscapes and Coordinates of Identities, Australasian Association for Drama Theatre & Performance Studies (ADSA) 2012 Conference, 3-6 Jul 2012, Brisbane, Australia.
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Unity, contrast and topology can be viewed as coordinates helpful in mapping out scenographic meaning-making, analogous to (using the central metaphor of this conference) latitude, longitude and elevation. This model of scenography emphasises the role that these three key relationships between the multi-faceted layers of semiotics in a performance text have in shaping this text’s reception by audience members, over and above the semiotics of any particular scenographic decision considered in isolation. Just as to describe the position of an object on the planet we need to know the longitude, latitude and elevation, any scenographic element is located within these three dimensions of unity, contrast and topology simultaneously. While admittedly a reductionist model and a gross simplification, this model has been proven to be useful in both the educational and professional practice of scenographers. Some of the model’s utility comes from these flaws: in its attempt to simplify the vast array of scenographic techniques to the dimensions through which they operate dramaturgically it is hoped that collaboration between different theatre artists is enhanced through a common non-technical language. This paper will examine some of the theoretical grounding which informed the model’s development, a brief overview of the model itself, and how it has proven useful as an educative and scenographic tool to date.
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|Uncontrolled Keywords:||scenography, pedagogy, tertiary training|
|Depositing User:||Mr Michael Smalley|
|Date Deposited:||29 Jul 2012 06:47|
|Last Modified:||03 Jul 2013 01:15|
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