Drawing and Performance: Creating Scenography International Conference

deadline for submissions: 
October 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Institute of Ethnomusicology – Center for Studies in Music and Dance

Scenographers use drawing as an expressive and communication tool in rehearsal and in performance. They use it as a record of a thought process and an instrument for reflection. Drawing allows discussion and error and serves as a register of the creative process for all involved.

This conference aims at reflecting upon the artistic and pragmatic relationship scenographers, directors and choreographers have with drawing as a device for the creation of space and time of performance and as mediator between the bodies of performers on stage and the drawer’s page.

In addition, it will look at the creative process of the scenographic through the study of the relationship between the gestuality of the drawer and that of the performer generating space. Considering this dialogue can further advance definitions of scenographic practice.

We welcome submissions on any of the following subjects:

– creative processes of scenography in theatre, dance, music and musical theatre;

– drawing for scenography;

– drawing as scenography;

– drawing as performance;

– drawing and body in motion;

– performer’s gesture versus drawer’s gesture;

– definitions of sceno-graphy and of the sceno-graphic;

– drawing as a collective collaborative method of scenographic creation;

– drawing as a communication instrument of scenographic creation;

– drawing in response to performance;

– incidents and absences in drawing;

– shared drawings;

– questions of drawing in pedagogy of scenography;

– digital and mediated drawing in theatre, dance, music and musical thetare.

Presentations will be developed and edited into a publication which will also include drawings shown at the conference’s side exhibition.

Parallel to the conference panels there will be an exhibition of drawings by Portuguese scenographers as well as a performance by the theatre company O Teatrão.



26th, 27th and 28th March 2020 (one evening and two days)


Penedo da Saudade Cultural Center, Coimbra, Portugal



Lucy Algar, artist – performance designer – educator

André Guedes, visual artist and scenographer



Language: Portuguese and English

300 word proposals should be submitted by 30th September 2019 to the organising chair at drawingandperformance@gmail.com .

Proposals can discuss any of the above mentioned subjects or be directed at one of the following specific round tables:

  1. Teaching drawing for performance;
  2. Drawing as performance;
  3. Drawing and body in performance.

Other forms of participation should be discussed in advance with the Organising Chair.

All submissions will be double peer-reviewed, under anonymous (blind) conditions, by a panel drawn from members of the Project Development Team and the Advisory Board.