Bertolt Brecht and Scenographic Dialogue

Authored by: Christopher Baugh

The Routledge Companion to Scenography

Print publication date:  October  2017
Online publication date:  September  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138917804
eBook ISBN: 9781315688817
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Bertolt Brecht (1898–1956) possessed an intense visual sensibility; in his writing for and about the stage his poems and stories are filled with admiration for lightness and material elegance, and for stage settings that display an “aesthetic of selective precision and implied human presence” (Willett 1986: 15). The scenographic played a fundamental role as Brecht and his collaborators grappled with innovative narrative methods and rehearsal practice. He found joy in working alongside scenographers and his writing is filled with reference to the theory and practices of scenography. Dialogue within the process of making performance, and dialogue whereby the spectator constructs meaning in performance, continue to be significant issues of interest within contemporary theory and practice.

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