SILENCE | SATIRE – On Constructing a Spatial Experience

Date: 10 & 11.06.2019
Location: Ca Phe Thu Bay Tre, Ho Chi Minh City

In June 2019, Sàn Art delivers the second edition of Uncommon Pursuits, this time, as a workshop centered on the intersection between visual art curation and theatrical production through hands-on theater-making exercises and intensive discussions about the performative body, sound, space, and time.

The workshop instructors come from a wide range of visual and performative disciplines, including theater and film studies, physical theater, Noh acting, new media, theater design and theater production. Through the process of presenting and making together, the insights and skills transferred to the workshop are reflected upon, contested, refined and integrated into each participant’s project. The class learn how lessons on staging, moving, directing, synergizing and carrying a production to its fruition could enhance each participant’s personal strategies as they embark on various uncommon pursuits, whether in the field of performance or visual art, whether as curators, producers, actors, visual artists, writers or art viewers.

On Constructing a Spatial Experience

Ritirong Jiwakanon
Head of Thai Studies Institute, Department Head – Theater Design, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

The session introduces the basics of spatial design in theater, including not only set design, costume design and lighting techniques but also how to read, analyze and interpret a script, how to make the stage work for the storylines and actors, how to sketch and make a model for the stage design, how to work with a tight budget and tight schedule, and how to create a beautiful set without over-designing or dominating the theatrical experience.

Workshop participants are divided into groups and guided through an exercise of collaboratively designing a set for a classical Shakespearean play. Together, the groups identify actors, actions, locations, space, time and atmosphere of an act and come up with a spatial experience for selected scenes.


With support from Arts Network Asia & Quỹ nhà Đậu