World Stage Design
World Stage Design is an exhibition of international performance design, initiated by OISTAT to offer a complimentary but alternative exhibition to the Prague Quadrennial, Distinctively exhibiting the work of individuals rather than countries. It was designed to be a truly international exhibition not located in one city, country or continent.
Beginning in 2005 in Toronto and then repeated again in Seoul in 2009, it was logical that WSD For 2013 should come to Europe, WSD 2013 will be held at The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama (RWCMD), in Cardiff, Wales, the United Kingdom. Cardiff is one of Europe’s youngest capitals, a small, vibrant, multicultural city situated just 2 hours by train from London but very much capital of an independent country, with a proud history and language.
WSD 2013 has strong expressions of support from Welsh performance community and The Arts Council of Wales. Support in the UK has been from The Society of British Theatre Designers and The Association of Courses in Theatre Design, and in a broader European context, from members of the newly formed theatrEurope. With expressions of interest in participation in the organization from a wealth of European OISTAT members, and a proven track record working in Scenofest 2003 and 2007, we have confidence that we have a team to help build on the success of Toronto 2005 and the wonderful work achieved by our fellow OISTAT members in Seoul in 2009.
It is our collective goal to create in WSD 2013 not only an exhibition representative of the work of individual designers, but to create a centre of activity, diversity, widening participation and multicultural exchange. It is of paramount importance to make this event relevant to the exhibitors, allowing them to reflect on their individual practice in the context of global developments, by meeting and sharing their work, their process and philosophy. It is also a key to allow a wider audience of students, teachers and the general public to experience and form a greater understanding of the work of those who create the performance environment.
The Royal Welsh College is based in the Castle Grounds in the centre of the city, in walking distance from the shopping centre, National Museum and Art Gallery, all major hotels and the national railway station. With facilities onsite to host all of WSD’s requirements there will be truly focused environment. A dynamic programme of workshops, performances and presentations, will be developed alongside the OISTAT Congress and commission meetings, created for professionals, students and the public.
The RWCMD can offer three weeks in September 2013, allowing us a set up time and opening in the vacation and running through to the beginning of the academic term. This, we feel, will allow staff and students maximum flexibility to attend; it is our belief that WSD 2013 will attract a large UK and European audience.
With best regards,
Sean Crowley Louis Janssen
OISTAT Educom vice Chair OISTAT President
Director of Drama RWCMD