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Author’s Approach to Teaching Scenography, Performance Design and Technology
Moscow, Russia, April 23rd – 27th, 2009
Hosted by the RCFSR Union of Theatre Artists, The Russian Centre of OISTAT and the Moscow Art Theatre Studio School.
More than 30 delegates from OISTAT and from Russia attended the meeting and the seminar, held in conjunction and under the main theme: Author’s approach to Teaching Scenography and all aspects of performance Design and Technology with presenters from Russia, The Philippines, UK, Finland, Hungary, Serbia, Austria, Belgium.
The Commission business sessions included plans for next commission meetings, membership and other organizational business. A special emphasis was put on Scenofest. Cinthya Limauro, Scenofest artistic leader, Jessica Bowles and Chris Popovich from the Scenofest organizing team informed the commission members on the current state of the programming of Scenofest’11 and delivered an impressive PowerPoint presentation, intended for the promotion of Scenofest amongst the international academic world. Sinthya Limauro reported that the work on the project is in a good state. The overall concept and the program structure have been defined. Cooperation with the PQ organizers is good and the next planned working meeting is scheduled in the fall. Help is needed from OISTAT in the areas of technical and financial support. Cinthya encouraged the commission members to submit proposals for workshops. She also proposed that Commission members initiate international and regional networks between several schools to work on a common educational project. The outcome of those projects will be presented during the days of Scenofest. The Scenofest report was accepted with enthusiasm and followed by lively discussion.
The site program of the meeting included backstage tours in some of the highly reputed Moscow theatres as well as visit to the studio of Dimitri Krimov, designer of the Russian Exhibit, awarded PQ’07 Golden Triga.
OISTAT EduCom delegates were received at the famous studios of the Moscow Art Theatre school and welcomed by the Dean - Prof. Anatoly Smeliansky . Professors from the Departments of Set and Costume design showed the delegates around the premises and provided information on the teaching methods of the schools. The delegates enjoyed the wonderful displays of students work as well as the interesting professional discussions with their colleagues from the Moscow Art Theatres studios.
The site program included a visit to the opening of huge retrospective exhibit of the work of Oleg Shtejntzis , one of the finest Russian scenographers.
A visit to the studio of the noted Russian set designer and host of the meeting Boris Messerer provided delighting experience of Russian hospitality and friendly artistic atmosphere.
The meeting in Russia was a success. On behalf of the Education commission delegates, I would like to express most sincere gratitude to the Russian hosts and to the dedicated organizer of the meeting Inna Mirzoyan.
Submitted by Marina Raytchinova, Chair
At the Costume design studios of the Moscow Art Theatre School
At the studio of Boris Messerer