OISTAT Events in
Members of OISTAT met in Seoul, South Korea September 18
to 20 for a World Congress and the second quadrennial World Stage Design
During the three days of meetings and events, the
Commissions and Working Groups met, and members attended a variety of
sessions, seminars, and performances. The keynote speaker was Stan Lai,
noted Taiwanese playwright and director, who had recently staged the
opening and closing ceremonies for the 2009 Summer Deaflympics in Taipei.
Two performances created as a part of the OISTAT sponsored “From Ritual to Theatre Workshop” in
Taiwan last year were revived and revised for a showing in Seoul. Another
highlight of the gathering was an exhibit of small-scale costumes designed
by Rien Bekkers, proclaimed one of the Honorable Scenographers from The
Netherlands at PQ 2007. Chris Lievaart, also from the Netherlands, introduced
his new book celebrating the first 40 years of OISTAT.
USITT was represented
by several delegates to OISTAT including Michael Ramsaur,
OISTAT President; Sandy Bonds, USITT Vice President for International
Activities; Laura Crow, head of the Costume Working Group; Fritz Schwentker,
Technology Commission; Bobbi Owen, Publications and Communications Commission; and Rick
Thomas, alternate for the Sound Commission.
The World Stage Design Exhibit
showcased scenic, costume, lighting, and sound designs. The
catalog presented all of the 247 selected entrants, while the gallery
exhibit featured the work of the designers in attendance. The winners
of each category were announced in last month’s Sightlines.
new event for this WSD was the on-site creation of interpretations
Selfish Giant by international teams of students. Ms. Crow and Frank
W. Ballard brought a group of 10 students from the University
of Connecticut to collaborate with a team of students from
Sangmyung University in Seoul to present a charming puppet/live
action version of this tale. Eight of those students worked with students
from Sangmyung Unversity on the performance. There were 17 dancers from
Seoul, including one who played the Giant, and three puppeteers from
UConn, as well as the rest of the designers who performed. Jung Ae Yoo,
a Korean graduate student from the University of Connecticut who had
returned to Korea after gaining her MFA degree, acted as co-coordinator
and associate scenic designer. The scenery was built at Kaywon
School of Art & Design
outside of Seoul. After just two weeks of rehearsal, a performance
was held on the night of the World Stage Design Awards.
Elections were held as a part of the World Congress
with 20 countries present to vote. The newly elected OISTAT officers.
Louis Janssen, The Netherlands, was elected president. Elected to the
executive committee were: Richard Bauer, Sweden; Duncan Chang, Taiwan;
Al Cushing, Canada; Bert Determann, The Netherlands; Sarka Havlickova,
Czech Republic; Jerome Maeckelbergh, Belgium; and Mr. Ramsaur, United
States. Mr. Ramsaur completed his term as OISTAT President, and Leon
Brauner ended his service as Secretary to the Executive Committee as
well as the OISTAT Center for the United States. Mr. Ramsaur is now head
of the USA OISTAT Center, working together with Alexandra Bonds to coordinate
the international participation of USITT.
All members of USITT are automatically
members of OISTAT and are welcome to attend all OISTAT gatherings.
The Commissions and Working Groups generally meet once a
year in a different country each time. Along with the business
meetings, they often plan innovative workshops and collaborative
challenges. Details of upcoming events are announced in Sightlines or available on the OISTAT webpage.