Uwe Köhler: Theatre Titanick - A workshop to plan and design for spectacular performances in the street

This workshop was designed for both design and technical students to explore both the logistical and design challenges of creating spectacular street theatre like Theatre Titanick. Participants designed and planned an event over the course of the day working closely with Uwe Köhler.

Uwe Köhler
studied Fine Arts at the Universities of Münster and Düsseldorf from 1973-79, before attending the actor’s school, Ecole de Jacques Lecoq and Philippe Gaulier, in Paris from 1984-85. Uwe lectured as a professor for Visual Theatre in the Scuola Internazionale di Teatro di Roma, Italy, from 1986-1989. He is founding member, actor, and Artistic Director of Theater Titanick, a street theatre company founded in 1990 as a collboration effort between Western and Eastern German artists. Apart from his work with Theater Titanick, Uwe Köhler has lectured at several universities around the world on themes of street theatre. From 2005-2007 he was a Guest Professor at the annual Antwerp Design Seminars & Lectures program at the Higher Institute of Architectural Sciences Henry van de Velde, in Antwerp, Belgium. Since 2006, Uwe Köhler has been Chairman of the newly founded National Association for Street Theatre in Germany.



In this two-days workshop participants experimented with old technology in new ways that both reinforce and challenge storytelling and communal gathering, which is at the heart of performance-making.

Katarzyna Pol
- Polish born Katarzyna Pol trained in Prague at the Theatre Academy, graduating with a Masters in Scenography (2003). Katarzyna worked with Tomas Zizka and MAMA-PAPA on various interdisciplinary site-specific works throughout Eastern Europe. During 2003, she collaborated with Dorita Hannah on the Heart of PQ, at the Prague Quadrennial. A collaboration that led her to New Zealand, where she taught Performance Design at Massey University, Wellington. Katarzyna Pol returns to Prague after seven years, having worked as a Set and Costume Designer, Art Director and Collaborator with many artists and production companies in New Zealand, including Lemi Ponifasio’s Mau, Peter Jackson, Dorita Hannah, Anna Marbrook, and the national Māori Theatre Company – Taki Rua.

Nick Ularu: From Image to Text

As an organic continuation of the 2007 Scenofest workshop “From text to image”, the scenography workshop “From image to text” investigated a different way to shape visual inspiration.

Nic Ularu is a Professor of Theater at the Department of Theater and Dance of the University of South Carolina. Nic is the recipient of the OBIE award for outstanding achievement in Off-Broadway theater in New York (2003) and of the Scenography Prize of the Union of Fine Arts of Romania (1992). He has extensive scenography credits throughout the USA and Europe, including theatres in Sweden, Northern Ireland, and Romania. In addition to his national and international scenography activity, Nic Ularu is a playwright and director. His recent freelance work as playwright and director includes several acclaimed productions at LaMaMa ETC - New York, “O” Teatret - Sweden, National Theatre of Constanta, Teatrul Foarte Mic, Bucharest, and National Theatre of Cluj - Romania. Nic Ularu was the head of scenography at the National Theatre of Bucharest - Romania, and served for four years as a board member of ELIA. He has taught scene and / or costume design in Romania, Germany, Sweden, UK, Italy, Denmark, and Hong Kong. Prior to USC, he taught at Smith College, the National Theatre School of Denmark and The University of Theatre and Film, Romania. Ularu’s designs have appeared in the USA national entries at the PQ in 2007, 2003, and 1998. In 2005, Nic co-designed the exhibit and designed the poster of the World Stage Design Exhibition, Toronto – Canada. Nic was appointed by United States Institute of Theatre Technology as the leading designer / curator of the USA National Exhibit at the PQ 2007.

Sibyl Wickersheimmer, Janne Larsen: Material Fetish

Through investigation of the employment of materials in all forms of art, architecture, and performance, participants tackled questions exploring what materials offer us as artists and as theatre artists.

Janne Larsen is a set designer and installation artist, and occasionally costume and video designer. She has designed theater, opera, dance and installations throughout Los Angeles and New York.  Her work has been seen at Symphony Space, Bootleg Theater, Pomona College, Cal State L.A, Caltech, the Los Angles Municipal gallery, Workspace, Beta Level, Telic Art Exchange, and The Washington Museum of Art.  She has recently designed and hand painted 60 paper costumes and designed the set for ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ composed by Macarthur fellow, John Eaton and performed by the infamous Pocket Opera players. In 2010, Janne was awarded an Artist Residency in Australia to complete a new series of installation works. In 2011, She looks forward to bringing her talents to The Medea Project, which will be a performance of Medea in a cave in Athens, Greece, sponsored by the Greek Ministry of Culture.  Janne also teaches art at the Westerly School of Long Beach. 
Sibyl Wickersheimer is an Assistant Professor of design in the USC School of Theatre and a set designer whose designs have traveled with productions to Hong Kong, Australia, Greece, Spain, and Mexico. Nationally, Sibyl’s design credits have included productions at Lookingglass Theatre in Chicago, The Berkeley Repertory, the National Theatre Conservatory in Denver, The Sheridan Opera House in Telluride, Utah Musical Theatre, Milagro Theatre in Portland, and Toy Story for the Disney Cruise Ship, 'The Wonder'. In 2010, Sibyl’s most recent work has been the set for Wrecks, written and directed by Neil Labute at the Geffen Playhouse starring Ed Harris. Bridging the gap between installation and performance, Sibyl is working with the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to create a modular stage for the Dinosaur and Sabertooth Encounters performances. Sibyl has also exhibited photography and installation art at Gallery 825, Bergamont Station, and the Pacific Asia Museum, among other galleries in Southern California.

Andrius Ciplijauskas: Scenography as a tool for communication in urban space

The purpose of the workshop was to expand the boundaries of traditional stage design and, analyzed what happens when scenography goes to outdoors. Scenography in an urban space where there is no selection of audience, no distance or particular border between scenography and spectator, no equipment that can help to make theatrical illusions, no safety, where there is wind and rain. It was a practice-based workshop where participants discussed the interaction and social climate, selecting right materials, and they'll watch some examples.

Andrius Cipliauskas: since  2002  Andrius has been a professionally working designer-scenographer in expo, fair, and other events. Andrius participated in creating the national pavilions at the World Expo 2008 in Zaragosa (Spain), the World Expo 2010 in Schanghai (China), and also many other exhibitions. In 2007, Andrius received his MA in Scenography studies at the Zurich University of Arts, and in 2002/2003 was a guest student in Hochschule für Gestaltung am Main (Offenbach, Germany). In 2001, Andrius finished his BA in Design studies at the Vilnius Academy of Art Lithuana. In 2009, Andrius established NGO “BEEPART”, an independent culture and art platform in Vilnius.


Andrew Houston: Deep-Mapping Heterotopian Intersections

A workshop of Site-Specific Performance Practices for the Artist-as-Tourist. This workshop explored Prague using site-specific scenographic practices.

Andrew Houston is the recently retired Views & Reviews Editor of the Canadian Theatre Review, a position he held since 2003. In 2002, he and scenographer Kathleen Irwin started Knowhere Productions, a performance company that had its debut with a multi-disciplinary, site-specific performance in a disused wing of the Saskatchewan Mental Hospital at Weyburn, Saskatchewan, entitled The Weyburn Project. The company has since mounted several large-scale site-specific works, including Crossfiring / Mama Wetotan, a performance and installation which took place at the Claybank historical brick plant in southwestern Saskatchewan in August and September 2006 (see www.crossfiring2006.ca), and has been chronicled in Sighting/Citing/Siting, a publication released in 2009 by the Canadian Plains Research Centre. He has recently edited a collection of writings on environmental and site-specific theatre in Canada, published by Playwrights Canada Press, in their Critical Perspectives on Canadian Theatre in English series. Andy is a faculty member of the Department of Drama and Digital Arts at the University of Waterloo. Most recently he was a participating artist-researcher in Edna’s Archive: Learning How to Perform Memory / Learning How to Perform Forgetting, a multidisciplinary performance-installation examining memory and displacement, which had its premier at the MT Space’s IMPACT 09 Multi-Cultural Theatre Festival in September of 2009 (http://www.ednasarchive.ca/), and Garden / Suburbia, a site-specific soundwalk-animation of Lawrence Park, Toronto, which premiered as part of the Performance Studies International conference, at OCAD in June 2010.

Tsang Man Tung: White Paper Workshop

The workshop aimed at exploring the primitive face of space, - its simple and direct aesthetics, and introduced how to use simple objects (white papers) to create and utilize the possibility of space.

Tsang Man-tung was born in Hong Kong, and graduated from the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts in 1997 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts (Honours), majoring in set and costume design. During his 12 years working on theatre scenography, Tsang has received numerous awards in the field, such as Best Set Design, Best Costume Design and Best Make-up & Image Design from Hong Kong Drama Award, Rising Artists Award from the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. In 2009, Tsang received Award for Best Artist (Theatre) from Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2009. In the same year, he received Honorable Mention for Set Design from the World Stage Design 2009 and Huang He Fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council which allows him to advance his profession in Yale University. Tsang has been the set designer for over 100 projects. In recent years, he has extended his profession to China and Taiwan, successfully bringing the design aesthetics and professional working attitude to different regions. Tsang presented his first solo exhibition Disjunctive-coding Exhibition in 2004 and published his first book on Hong Kong contemporary stage design entitled Scenography: Transcend to the Beyond in 2007. Apart from design, Tsang also devotes himself to arts education. He was Artist-in-Residence of the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts and The Chinese University of Hong Kong in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Torsten Blume, Yun-Ju Chen: Fluidity

The workshop directed by Torsten Blume (scenographer) and Yun-Ju Chen (choreographer and dancer), adressed spatial concepts of the historical Bauhaus stage department directed by Oskar Schlemmer (1923 until 1929).

Torsten Blume`s research, teaching and practice is based on an exploration of historical Bauhaus ideas and focus on stage and theater as an laboratory for the artistic media reflection. His creative work includes scenographic and choreographic exhibition and installation design, as well as a specialization in spatial dramaturgy for performing arts projects. He has directed several international exhibition and performance projects of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation. Between 2008 and 2010 he realised  the performance series „record dances-emphasis of space“ with the international group of dancers and performers. From 2009-2010 he realized the [funk]project in collaboration with the Dessau Theater. Torstn worked together with the choreographer and dancer Yun-Ju Chen (Taiwan) in different joint ventures to develop and stage up dialogues between dance and architecture, performing and visual arts, linking concepts of identity and mobility. The last common project "hallway-a bauhaus dance" was performed on June 26th 2010 at the Bauhaus Stage Dessau. This project became the foundation of “hallway company”.

Yun-Ju Chen is a choreographer and dancer at Anhaltisches Theater Dessau, Germany. She has her BFA in dance from the Taipei National University of the Arts (TNUA). Yun-Ju Chen also pursues ballet, modern, partnering, tai-chi, contact improvisation, martial art, pilates, tango, dance theater, and is a acting licensed fitness instructor in Yoga and Aerobic. 

Ruud Lanfermejer: The Artist as Magician

Influencing perception, opinions, and the state of mind of the audience is the goal of an artist. Just like a magician he has all kinds of methodes to ravish and mesmerize. Influencing the behaviour of the audience and also of the actors- is the new realm of the artist who works from the perspective of interaction design. What concept and methods are useful for this kind of artist was the central question in this workshop.

Ruud Lanfermeijer is a visual artist and interactive theatre designer. He is the founder and artistic director of the Blue Noise Department, which deal with the concepts, design and production of interactive environments for the arts. His work includes theatre, film, television and dance which can be found in a variety of international public and private collections. He has received a Portsmouth University European Master of Arts Degree, as well as a 1st Degree for Art (Painting and printing) an Art History at the Amsterdam Academy for Visual Art.

Arnold Aronson: Writing and Talking about Scenography

An intensive workshop on writing and talking about Scenography.

Arnold Aronson
is an internationally prominent historian and theorist of theater set design. Arnold is a professor of theater at the Columbia University. He is author of American Avant-Garde Theatre: A History; Architect of Dreams: The Theatrical Vision of Joseph Urban; American Set Design; and The History and Theory of Environmental Scenography.

Andrea Cusumano: An exploration on the dramaturgical potential of the space

The workshop was designed to investigate the impact of the space on dramaturgical compositions. How the space can be used as a driving force in compositional strategies for devised performance and/or how the function of the space can be investigated within the context of written text and drama.

Andrea Cusumano is a published academic and established international director of devised performance and fine artist. He is a acknowledged expert on the work of Tadeusz Kantor (1915-1990), and runs his own independent company for creating live work. He is also the artistic director of CeSDAS (Centre for the Experimentation of Space Applied Dramaturgy) and the conductor of the O.M.Theatre Orchestra of Hermann Nitsch. He is currently based in London where he is  Senior Lecturer at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design and Scenography Lecturer at Goldsmiths University of London.

D. Chase Angier, Markéta Fantová: Point of View: Framing Prague

Students participating in this workshop had an opportunity to experience the unique visual world of Prague. In this workshop were participants exploring improvisational movement inspired by a place to create site specific performance, as well as discovering the composition already occurring in everyday pedestrian activity, and natural or architectural settings.

D. Chase Angier - while living in Brooklyn and Alfred, New York, D. Chase Angier creates and performs dance theater, performance installations, site-specific art, and walking pieces.  In addition to being Artistic Director of Angier Performance Works, she is also an Associate Professor of Dance at Alfred University. Her work has been performed internationally and nationally in theaters, galleries, and visually inspired sites. 

Markéta Fantová is a scenographer working for theatre, dance, physical theatre and performance art venues. She has worked in theaters, galleries and visually inspiring sites in the US as well as abroad. Her costume and set designs were included in the USA Prague Quadrennial National Exhibit in 2007 and the World Stage Design Exhibit in Seoul, Korea in 2009.  Markéta is native of Prague, Czech Republic. She received her BFA in Scenography from the Academy of Performing Arts – DAMU and her MFA in Set Design from Wayne State University in Detroit.Markéta is currently a full time assistant professor of theatre design at Alfred University, NY.


Mónica Raya: Creative Performance Design

The workshop addressed the traditional practice of scenic design and the possibility of transforming it into an exercise that can be recognized as contemporary transdisciplinary art. 

Mónica Raya was born in Mexico City. Mónica attended her first Scenic Design master class in 1989 working on Ubu Roi under the supervision of British designers John Bury, Patrick and Rosemary Vercoe and Arianne Gastambide. She got her MFA at the Yale School of Drama from 1993. While living in the U.S.A she has worked for the Source Theatre, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts, the Puertorrican Travelling Theatre. She also worked as resident scenic designer for the Gala Hispanic Theatre. In 1995, she went back to Mexico and became a full-time professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico where she designed more than 90 productions. She was awarded the Beca para Jóvenes creadores en diseño escénico 1996-97 award and the Distinción Universidad Nacional para Jóvenes académicos for Artistic Achievement award in 2000. She was awarded with the Gold Medal for Costume Design at the World Stage Design 2005 and as Outstanding Scenographer at the WSD 2009. Her work had been exposed on the Mexican Pavillion at the Prague Quadriennales 2003 and 2007, where she has had the honor to participate as a member of the international jury. In 2008, Mónica was recognized with the Sistema Nacional de Creadores in 2008.  

Marie Blunck Ward, Richard Warburton: Curating a journey through public landscape

The workshop explored how urban landscapes can become a backdrop for an alternative reality adventure, and how performers can use various tools at their disposal to help create interactive narratives through a physical space.

Marie Blunck-Ward designs explorative performances using new technologies. She has devised interactive installations and designed numerous plays and various short films with directors Yael Shavit and Zeb Lamb. As part of Indian Runner Production, she co-devised and designed Trailer, which received the New Discovery Prize at the International Mime
Festival 2006 in Périgueux, France. In 2008 she collaborated with Slung Low on Small Worlds for the Liverpool City of Culture Festival and Helium, which premiered at The Barbican. She recently worked with spoken-word artist Polarbear on Return, commissioned by mac and BAC, which is currently touring nationally. Marie studied at Central St. Martin's and Slade School of
Art, and lectures at Central St. Martin's College of Art & Design, Wimbledon College of Art and Goldsmith's University.
Richard Warburton is a writer/performer specializing in creating work that is reactive to the landscape it has been made for. With Slung Low and Invisible Flock he has created work for a number of venues including the Almeida, Barbican, Bristol Old Vic, the ICA and the Lowry. Past work includes Helium which won the 2008 Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust award, Small Worlds, a show about a boy with Aspergers for an audience of one which he co-wrote and is currently enjoying a national tour, and Follow the Bird, a performative treasu hunt first commissioned by Forest Fringe and is currently being adapted for audiences at Latitude Music Festival.  He lectures in making site-specific installations and is about to commence his PhD in live gaming and alternatereality landscapes.


Vera Hamburger, Raimo Benedetti: Permeable Boundaries: the space, the self and the other

Tthe participants experienced in different ways, through experimentation, the basics involved in scenic space creation such as scenic structure, scale, rhythm, and composition. The work basis was improvisation. Starting from basic elements of design and the interaction between body and space, collective installations were developed. Lines, light, shadows, plans, volumes, and image projections were explored separately as specific subjects in each encounter, resulting in a sensorial experience that will benefit the thinking of future projects.

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