This blog charts the progress of a new paradigm for performance – ‘Ecoscenography’.
ecoscenography.com has been instigated by designer Tanja Beer – Senior Lecturer in Design at the Queensland College of Art, Griffith University (Australia). Tanja’s bio can be found below. To find out more about her work, go to: www.tanjabeer.com.
This site features posts that further define ecological design for performance (‘ecoscenography’) and showcases it’s contribution to theatre practice around the globe. An objective of this blog is that it becomes a hub for dialogue on ecoscenography and ecological thinking in performance. So sign-up and stay-tuned, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch! Or join the facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ecoscenography/
Dr Tanja Beer is a researcher and practitioner in ecological design for performance and the creator of The Living Stage – an ecoscenographic work that combines stage design, permaculture and community engagement to create recyclable, biodegradable and edible performance spaces. Tanja has more than 20 years professional experience, including creating over 60 designs for a variety of theatre companies and festivals in Australia (Sydney Opera House, Melbourne International Arts Festival, Queensland Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Arts Centre) and overseas (including projects in New York, Glasgow, Vienna, London, Cardiff and Tokyo).
Since 2011, Tanja has been investigating sustainable practices in the theatre. International projects have included a 2011 Asialink Residency (Australia Council for the Arts) with the Tokyo Institute of Technology and a residency with the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (London). In 2013, Tanja worked as ‘activist-in-residence’ at Julie’s Bicycle (London), and featured her work at the 2013 World Stage Design Congress (Cardiff) and the 2015 Prague Quadrennial (as part of the British Make/Believe exhibit).
Tanja has a PhD in Ecoscenography (Faculty for Architecture, Building, and Planning, University of Melbourne), Masters in Stage Design (KUG, Austria) and a Graduate Diploma in Performance Making (VCA, Australia). She was recently Academic Fellow in Performance Design & Sustainability at the Faculty for Architecture, Building and Planning at the University of Melbourne where she taught subjects in Design Research, Expanded Scenography and Sustainability. A passionate teacher and facilitator, Tanja has been invited as a guest lecturer and speaker at performing arts schools and events in Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, the USA and UK. Her design work has been featured in The Age and The Guardian and can be viewed at www.tanjabeer.com. Her most recent research focus explores new forms of science and sustainability communication through participatory arts practice and place-making.