Photo: Andrea Buchner Anfruns

Exhibition 2016

Journey Through Spanish Contemporary Scenography

Exhibition 2016

Journey Through Spanish Contemporary Scenography

Curator José Luis Raymond 

Exhibition Design Zuloark 

Program Scenography

Dates: From August 1 to September 11, 2016

The exhibition shows the actuality of Spanish stage plastic through nearly six hundred performances released in Spain between 2010 and 2015. It explains how scenography has acquired in recent time a prominent role within the Spanish contemporary scene and how the search of new forms of storytelling has led Spanish scenographers to investigate and develop plastic solutions that support its creative thought. In words of the curator, “The society is alive, changing continuously. Scenography, as an element of communication and artistic expression, is no stranger to these changes. In that sense, the role played by art education centres has been paramount in the formation of new generations of Spanish scenographers”.

Released by Spanish Cultural Action (AC/E), and after passing through the Cuatrienal of Prague, the Classical Theatre Festival of Almagro and venues in Madrid, Cadiz, Seville, Malaga and Pamplona, the exhibition has been shown in the framework of the open cultural program of the Summer Workshop 2016, reinforcing the new incorporation of the first international Workshop of Scenography. The exhibition has remained open after the Summer Workshop, until the Celebrations of the Tura of the City of Olot, a traditional celebration declared in 1997 Celebration of National Interest by the Culture Department of the Government of Catalonia.

The contents were displayed in an attractive visual and scenographic format composed by eight thematic modules which show each a distinct concept of the recent scenographic creation.

Representative Spaces

Scenography is an act of communication. An exploration of the reality that starts a dialogue with the theatrical text, thanks to which different views can be handled. Objective and subjective, ours and the one of the others.

Light and Space

Lighting can be a powerful creator of scenic spaces. It is not about flashing, but how light, shadows, optical distortions and reflections create a precarious image but producer of virtualities, locations and meanings.

Costume as Space

The space of theatre materialized by the transit of fabric. Dimensions, colours, ornaments, masks and other accessories can transform the actors in real sets in motion.

Object and Scene

Few lines, few elements can express the profound content of things. The sacred that is not located in a place, but in the experience of the same. Everything is important to achieve the effect. No matter of its size.

Scenography in Spanish Lyrics

Music, the most spiritual art, allows us to enter the hell of space matter. And what is more important, get out of it with success thanks to the wealth of the lyric arts and to his kinetic and dynamic character.

Audiovisual Spaces or The Audiovisual as Space

Scenic multimedia devices expand the field of meaning in theatre by integrating in space images, icons, texts and sound spaces, using photography, cinema, video and digital images.

Space, Body and Movement

As the body moves through the stage it presents different perspectives, surfaces and sensations. It projects a space that loses all its edges in favour of a fluid surface that is more complex and ambiguous, but full of meaning.

Spaces and Urban Interventions

The relationship between theatre and public space is close from its mythical origin: the popular celebrations. Thanks to mobile wraps and mutant connections, it dips in sensory stage creation meets with common ground.