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Deep Space or the Re-invention of Scenography: Jozef Wouters on Infini 1-15

  • Karel VanhaesebrouckEmail author
  • Jozef Wouters
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Part of the Avant-Gardes in Performance book series (AGP)

Abstract

Between 1738 and 1757, Giovanni Niccolo Servandoni, a French architect, painter and set designer with Italian roots, obtained the concession for the Salle des Machines in Paris. Servandoni used the infrastructure to conduct elaborate research on the theatricality of scenography, considering space itself as an autonomous theatrical sign. The work and ideas of Servandoni were a direct source of inspiration for Infini (2015), a theatre project conducted and supervised by Jozef Wouters. The title of the project directly refers to the tradition of the painted backcloths. In collaboration with a number of other artists, Wouters investigated how old techniques can inspire but also question theatre today. In this interview, introduced and contextualized by Karel Vanhaesebrouck, Wouters addresses the potential of historical techniques for present-day performing arts.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Free University of Brussels (ULB)BrusselsBelgium
  2. 2.Damaged Goods, the Brussels-based company of choreographer Meg StuartBrusselsBelgium

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