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Appia and Craig



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    • Appia and Craig
    • Symbolist Movement
      Appia and Craig both were influenced by the Symbolist Movement.
      Symbolists looked beyond surface reality to rediscover the more poetic aspects of life
      Truth for them cannot be expressed or represented directly, only hinted at through a network of symbols
    • AdolpheAppia
      Appia gained inspiration for his work from Wagner’s operas; tried to create a visual equivalent of the music
      Appia was the first designer to work out a complete theory of stage lighting as a fluid and flexible interpretative medium
      Used light to, in a sense, sculpt the images on stage
    • Appia
      To achieve this, Appia created an entirely new system of lighting which replaced traditional footlights, wing and boarder lights; created the movable lighting instrument system that is in use today
      In 1906, he met with Dalcroze, worked with him at the Eurythmics Institute. Here he was able to design his most experimental abstract work for theatre.
    • Edward Gordon Craig
      Wanted to create a scenic environment that was more of an atmosphere.
      Experimented with color in lighting
      Shared some of Appia’sideas of using light to sculpt, to add three dimensional nature to stage environment
      Craig worked with Stanislavski on his production of Hamlet
      Craig’s work is more severe, strong use of vertical lines. This, along with his use of shadow, worked to carry the eye up beyond the limits of the stage, thus giving his work a sense of height and grandeur.
      Works such as “The Steps” and “Scene 1907” gave movement to his designs.