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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Theatre, Performance and Technology

The Development and Transformation of Scenography

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137005854
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave
Series Theatre and Performance Practices

Chris Baugh explores how developments and changes in technology have been reflected in scenography throughout history. Taking into account the latest research, his new edition examines moving light technologies, the internet as a platform of performance, urban scenography and how scenography has developed as a collaborative practice.

Christpoher Baugh is Emeritus Professor of Performance and Technology at the University of Leeds and Professor of Theatre at the University of Hull, UK. He is a practising scenographer and has published numerous texts on the history and theory of scenography.

List of Illustrations
General Editors' Preface
Preface: On Writing Theatre History and My Mother's Button Box
Acknowledgements
Introduction
1. Performing Great Exhibitions: A Nineteenth-Century Speciality
2. Rejection of the Past: A Modern Mode of Thought
3. The Scene as Machine: Part 1: Scenography as a Machine for Performance
4. The Scene as Machine: Part 2: Constructing and Building the Scene as Machine
5. The Scene as Machine: Part 3: The Kinetic Stage Machines of Josef Svoboda
6. The Century of Light: Part 1: Diffused and Living Light
7. The Century of Light: Part 2: Light Beams and Images
8. The Scene as the Architecture of Performance
9. Some Rejections of Technology in Theatre and Performance
10. New Technologies and Shifting Paradigms 
11. Scenography as Dramaturgy and Technology of Performance
Notes
Further Reading
Bibliography
Index.

Reviews

Praise for the first edition: 'An extremely valuable work, which combines detailed analysis with a helpful contextual overview.' - Professor Dominic Shellard, University of Sheffield, UK
'There simply are no competing texts: Chris Baugh's unique arrangement of scenographic buttons is immediately a key work in the field - invaluable and long overdue.' - Richard Downing, University of Wales, Aberystwyth
'I strongly recommend this new edition. The title has been considerably updated throughout and the addition of a new chapter sows the seeds for new directions in scenographic enquiry. Students and researchers of performance design will find this a valuable resource on the history and future of scenography.' - Studies in Theatre and Performance
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