Texts by Lars-Åke Thessman, Sören Tranberg, Astrid von Rosen, Eva Sundler Malmnäs, David Radok, Torkel Blomkvist
Design by Kölqvist
2017, English and Swedish edition, hardcover
239 pages, 25,5 x 25,3 cm
Scenography is not an autonomous art form. Its significance and capacity to visualise emerges through 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 from 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.