Time Here Becomes Space

Scenography is not an autonomous art form. Its significance and capacity to visualise emerges in the interaction with the actors on stage and is preceded by the collaboration with directors and other artists involved in creating a performance. Therein lies its expressive complexity and the challenge for the stage designer.

In this book, one of Sweden’s most acclaimed scenographers, Lars-Åke Thessman, discusses his profession based on six different perspectives. In image and text, he guides us through the creative process, touching on the collaboration with the director and illustrating how sketches, models and drawings are translated into the magic of a full-scale stage design. The ephemeral nature of theatre means that it always stands in relation to time. Artists of the stage draw in sand, but fleeting art also has a history that is well worth telling.

Author: Lars-Åke Thessman
Art and Theory Publishing 2017