chapter  4
COLOUR AND COMPOSITION
Pages 16

Colour and composition are the crux of the scenographer’s art. When the text has been researched and the playing space is known, the next challenge for the scenographer is to compose and colour the playing space, with figures and forms creating a visual envelope for the performance. Everything on the stage, fixed or moving, is part of this kinetic composition. The integration of composition with colour enables the artist to draw the spectator’s eye to the focal points of each scene as the performance progresses. In creating a satisfying composition the scenographer has to both see and feel the space. Becoming the master of the space gives freedom to play with size and colour, so that, as in a still life painting, the selected objects are transformed. The spectator sees through the artist’s eye what has been included in order to tell the story, and can imagine what is implied.