7 February Theatre Aesthetics and the Performing Arts
It will cover the relationships between stage design, lighting design, costume design and music composition and various forms of performing arts like drama, theatre, musicals, and Western and Chinese operas. The scenographic features for different performing art forms will also be discussed.
14 February International Stage Design Concepts
It will cover the concepts of theatre design down the ages, from Greek tragedy, Roman theatre, medieval European theatre, Renaissance drama, Shakespearean theatre to 19th Century theatre. The most influential set design styles and the impact they had on scenography will also be discussed, with special focus on two prominent figures in the history of stagecraft, Adolphe Appia and Edward Gordon Craig.
21 February Development and Trends in Scenography
It will focus on theatre design from the 20th Century up to the present, including the design trends of Europe, England and America, as well as the influence of the Industrial Revolution and the World Wars on Western theatre design. There will also be exemplary works from the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space over the years, as well as a summary of contemporary trends in theatre design.
6 March Design in Practice – the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan
The speaker will share his stage design experiences in the Mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, such as their different aesthetic considerations and the challenges encountered.
20 March The Importance of Costumes in the History of Performing Arts
Costumes played an important part in the performing arts long before scenic art fully developed and it will be the main theme of this talk - their history and their functions in relation to the performing arts, with particular emphasis on characteristic features of selected periods and genres, such as Greek tragedy and Chinese opera etc.
27 March What Makes a Theatre Designer
The speaker will talk about how a theatre designer can establish his / her own style, conduct data research and analyze scripts, and the way to enhance inspiration and self-cultivation.