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5501M Performance Design Praxis

Performance Design Praxis, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Dr Scott Palmer
Tutor information is taken from the Module Catalogue

PECI5501M Reading List

Essential Reading

Aronson, A. 2018. The Routledge companion to scenography ISBN: 9781138917804 (hbk.); 113891780X (hbk.)  London: Routledge [available as e-book]    

Baugh, C. 2013.  Theatre, performance and technology : the development and transformation of scenography ISBN: 9781137005847 (paperback); 9781137005854 (hardback) : £55.00, (2nd edition) Basingstoke: Palgrave  [available as e-book]

Collins, J. & Nisbet, A. (eds.) 2010. Theatre and performance design : a reader in scenography ISBN: 9780415432108 (pbk.) : £22.99; 9780415432092 (hbk.) : £70.00; 041543209X (hbk.) : £70.00; 0415432103 (pbk.) : £22.99,  Abingdon,Oxon: Routledge [available as e-book]

Dixon, S. 2007.  Digital Performance: a history of new media in theater, dance, performance art, and installation, MIT Press [available as e-book]  

Hannah D. & Harsløf O. (eds) 2008. Performance Design Museum Tusculanum Press: Copenhagen    

McKinney, J & Butterworth, P 2009.  The Cambridge introduction to scenography ISBN: 0521612322 (pbk.) : £15.99; 9780521847650 (hbk.) : £45.00; 0521847656 (hbk.) : £45.00; 9780521612326 (pbk.) : £15.99, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.  [available as e-book]

McKinney, J & Palmer, S. (eds) 2017. Scenography expanded : an introduction to contemporary performance design ISBN: 9781474244398 paperback; 1474244394 paperback; 9781474244381 hardcover; 1474244386 hardcover London: Bloomsbury Methuen  [available as e-book]

Palmer, S. 2013. Light : Readings in Theatre Practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan    

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Further Reading 

Abulafia, Yaron. 2015. The art of light on stage : lighting in contemporary theatre ISBN: 9781138913653 (hardback : alk. paper); 9781138913684 (pbk. : alk. paper); 9781315691305 (ebook). London: Routledge [available as eBook] 

Alston, A. & Welton, M. 2017. Theatre in the dark : shadow, gloom and blackout in contemporary theatre ISBN: 9781350099401, London: Bloomsbury Methuen 

Aronson, A. 2018. The History and Theory of Environmental Scenography (2nd edition) New York: Bloomsbury Methuen [available as e-book] 

Banes, S. & Lepecki, A. (eds) 2006. The Senses in Performance, London: Routledge [available as eBook]

Barbieri, D. 2016. Costume in performance [electronic resource] : materiality, culture, and the body ISBN: 9781474236898; 1474236898; 9780857855107 (paperback); 0857855107 (paperback); 9781474236874 (hardback); 1474236871 (hardback) London: Bloomsbury [available as eBook] 

Barthes, Roland 1977. 'The Third Meaning' in Image, music, text trans. Stephen Heath, London: Fontana, pp. 52-68

Barthes, Roland 2000. Camera Lucida: reflections on photography, trans. Richard Howard, London: Vintage, pp. 23- 28 and 43- 55

Brown, Ross. 2010. Sound : a reader in theatre practice, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan  

Brown, Ross. 2020. Sound Effect: the theatre we hear, London: Bloomsbury Methuen. [available as e-book]

Campbell, Patrick (ed) 1996. Analysing performance : a critical reader ISBN: 0719042496 (hardback : alk. paper); 071904250X (paperback : alk. paper). Manchester and New York: Manchester University Press

Di Benedetto, Stephen 2010. The Provocation of the Senses in Contemporary Theatre, New York and London: Routledge [available as e book]

Elkins, James.1996. The object stares back : on the nature of seeing, San Diego, New York, London: Harcourt [pp. 46 -56]

Filmer, A. & Rufford, J. 2018. Performing architectures : projects, practices, pedagogies ISBN: 9781474247979 (pb); 9781474247986 (hb); 9781474247993 (ePUB); 9781474248006 (ePDF)London: Methuen Bloomsbury. [available as e-book] 

Fischer-Lichte, Erika. 2008. The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics, London: Routledge

Graham, Katherine. 2018. Scenographic Light: Towards an Understanding of Expressive Light in Performance PhD Thesis, University of Leeds [e-thesis]

Hann, Rachel. 2018. Beyond scenography ISBN: 9781138785069 (pbk.) : £24.99; 9781138785052 (hbk.) : £80.00, London: Routledge     

Hannah, Dorita. 2018. Event space : theatre architecture and the historical avant-garde ISBN: 9780415832175 (pbk.) : £24.99; 9780415832168 (hbk.) : £75.00; 9780203491553 (PDF ebook) : £24.99 London: Routledge.       

Howard, Pamela, 2009.  What is Scenography? (2nd ed.) Abingdon,Oxon: Routledge [available as eBook]

Lehmann, Hans-Thies 2006. Postdramatic theatre , trans. Karen Jürs-Munby, Abingdon and New York: Routledge. [available as eBook]

Lotker, S & Gough, R (eds) 2013. ‘On Scenography’ - Performance research : a journal of performing arts. ISSN: 1352-8165Vol18, No.3 . Routledge/Taylor & Francis [available on-line through library catalogue]

McAuley, Gay, 2000. Space in performance : making meaning in the theatre ISBN: 047208769X Anne Arbor: University of Michigan Press.

McConachie, Bruce, 2008. Engaging Audiences: A Cognitive Approach to Spectating in the Theatre, New York: Palgrave Macmillan [available as eBook]

Machon, J. 2009. (Syn)aesthetics: Redefining Visceral Performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan [available as eBook]

Machon, J. 2013 Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and immediacy in contemporary performance, Basingstoke: Palgrave [available as eBook]

McKinney, J. 2005 ‘Projection and Transaction: the spatial operation of scenography’ in Performance research : a journal of performing arts. ISSN: 1352-8165 10 (4), pp.128 - 137

McKinney, J. 2008. The nature of communication between scenography and its audiencesPhD Thesis, University of Leeds [available as e-thesis]

Moran, N. 2017 The right light : interviews with contemporary lighting designers ISBN: 9781137334770 (pbk.) : £19.99; 9781137334787 (hbk.) : £60.00. London: Palgrave Macmillan

O'Dwyer, N. 2020. Digital Scenography: 30 Years of Experimentation and Innovation in Performance and Interactive Media. London: Bloomsbury Methuen. [available as eBook]          

Palmer, Richard H. 1994. The Lighting Art – The Aesthetics of Stage Lighting Design. (2nd edition) Englewood Cliffs, N.J. :Prentice Hall

Palmer, S. 2011. “Space”, In: Pitches J; Popat S (eds.) Performance perspectives : a critical introduction ISBN: 9780230243453 (hbk.) : £55.00; 0230243452 (hbk.) : £55.00; 9780230243460 (pbk.) : £18.99; 0230243460 (pbk.) : £18.99. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 52-87

Palmer, S. & Popat S. 2007. “Dancing in the Streets: The sensuous manifold as a concept for designing experience”, International journal of performance arts and digital media. ISSN: 1479-4713. 2.3: 297-314.

Pavis, Patrice. 2013 Contemporary mise en scène : staging theatre today. London: Routledge [available as eBook]

Pavis, Patrice 2003. Analyzing performance : theater, dance, and film Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press

Reynolds, D & Reason, M. (eds) 2012. Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices, Bristol: Intellect [available as eBook]

Shaughnessy, Nicola (ed.) 2013. Affective performance and cognitive science : body, brain and being ISBN: 9781408185773 (pbk.) : £24.99, London: Methuen Bloomsbury    

Shearing, David 2015. Audience Immersion and the Experience of Scenography PhD Thesis, University of Leeds [e-thesis]

States, Bert O 1985 Great reckonings in little rooms : on the phenomenology of theatre Berkeley, Los Angeles, London :University of California Press.

Welton, Martin. 2012. Feeling Theatre, Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan [available as eBook]

Westling, Carina E., 2020. Immersion and Participation in Punchdrunk's Theatre, London: Bloomsbury Methuen [available as eBook] 

Key Journals

Theatre and Performance Design – Routledge [available as electronic resource]

Scene – Intellect [available as electronic resource]   

Performance Research: A Journal of the Performing Arts Volume 18, Issue 3, 2013 Special Issue: On Scenography DOI:10.1080/13528165.2013.818343 [available online]    

International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media [available online]

Digital Creativity. [available online]  

Body, Space & Technology [online] 

The Scenographer

Studies in Theatre and Performance Intellect – (see Studies in Theatre Production) now Taylor & Francis [available as electronic resource]

Contemporary Theatre Review (CTR) [available as electronic resource]

Theater Design & Technology – US-based trade publication with occasional useful interviews/features. Print copies only

New Theatre Quarterly [available as electronic resource]

Theatre Research International [available as electronic resource]

Total Theater [up to 2012] Print copies only.

Further readings will be identified as appropriate according to the development of the module – these will be listed in the appropriate week folder in the module area of Minerva.

This list was last updated on 19/09/2021