Scenographic Imagination

Scenographic Imagination

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In this enlarged and thoroughly revised third edition of his widely used text, Darwin Reid Payne explores the principles and philosophies that shape the visual elements of theatre. Payne sets out to discover who scenographers are and to define their responsibilities. He sees scenographers as not merely craftspersons but artists with qa special vision that spans all the arts.q Such artists are in a position to qextend and amplify underlying meanings of the production.q The proper goal of beginning scenographers, according to Payne, is one day to be able to approach the job as artists in full command of their craft. Payne seeks to instill in beginning scenographers a basic core of knowledge: an understanding of theatre history and the development of drama; a knowledge of art history and an understanding of periods and styles of architecture, painting, sculpture, furnishings, and costume; and a familiarity with the principles, techniques, and materials of pictorial and three-dimensional design. This new edition contains 248 illustrations, 38 more than the second edition. Paynea€™s goal, certainly, is to teach students what to do and how to do it; equally important, however, is Paynea€™s view that scenographers must know why. To Payne, qScenography is an art whose scope is nothing less than the whole world outside the theatre.q Scenographers must read not only in their own field but in others as well. Payne has incorporated into his text many suggestions for outside readings, quoting passages and even entire chapters from important works. Stressing research, Payne argues that without knowledge of the literature of their own and related arts, scenographers cannot grow. And that is the emphasis of this book: to present aspiring scenographers with an approach and a set of concepts that will enable them to grow. Toward that end, Payne establishes five priorities, the first of which is to develop in students what he calls qtime vision, q or the ability to qseeq the historical past as a living place with living inhabitants. The second priority is to bring about an awareness that allows students to qseeq beneath the surface of objects and events. Third, students must be helped to recognize and appreciate the difference between the qconcept of space as it exists outside the theatre and the concept of space as it is used within the theatre.q The fourth priority is to ingrain in students an understanding of the importance of imagery to the scenographer, and the final priority is to teach those technical skills necessary to carry out the concepts of the scenographer.Design for A Christmas Carol the taste they may feel they lack. And many decorators are happy to supply that taste for a fee. The essential point to be made here is that interior decorators, while they are greatly interested in making rooms anbsp;...

Title:Scenographic Imagination
Author: Darwin Reid Payne
Publisher:SIU Press - 1993

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