Stage configurations

In public space, the staging area is not pre-defined. The space is only limited by the artist’s imagination. However, it is important to be able to recognise the most common stage configurations as each one establishes more or less well-defined barriers between the performance space and the audience space. Each layout has a specific way of focusing the audience’s gaze, which influences the relationship between the artist and audience. In this MOOC, we distinguished between stationary and dynamic configurations.

Stationary configurations include front-facing, corridor, semi-circle or thrust, arena or circular stages.

Dynamic configurations include immersion, walking (continuous or station-based) and travelling performance.