Liesbeth is co-founder of Platform-Scenography (P-S), together with scenographers Anne Karin ten Bosch and Trudi Maan and dramaturge Nienke Scholts. P-S is an open source movement that uses both analogue and digital platforms in order to increase the visibility of scenographic practices, and to improve reflection on and insight in the specific qualities of those practices. Scenographic practice is a particular mode of thought: scenography writes spaces, and is engaged with drawing, composition, orchestration, transformation, framing, staging, and the analysis of performative events. P-S locates scenography both in the theatre, as the design of space, costume, light, projections, sound, as well as moves to the outside, where scenography encounters film, architecture, public space, interaction design, fashion, and more. Go the website: www.platform-scenography.nl.
Intermediality in Theatre and Performance
Liesbeth is a member of this IFTR working group, members of the group examine theatre and performance in the context of other media from an intermedial perspective. Working from the idea that theatre provides the staging space for intermedial performances, the group examines the proliferation of texts, medial spaces and intermedial relationships created when the live medium of theatre and the performing arts intersect with cinema, television and, in particular, digital technology.
City Tracks: Don’t mind the map (2012)
A one-day conference on art in the city, and the city as performance, co-curated with Sigrid Merx, and a joint venture with Festival a/d Werf Utrecht 2012. City Tracks investigated multiple perspectives on the city and performance: How do we act in the city? Who owns and authors the city, how do we write and shape the urban landscape? Where and when does the city truly become a public space‚ and how can we claim and appropriate it in new ways? What role do artistic interventions play in re-thinking the city? City Tracks presents these and other questions to philosophers, practitioners, and participants. Next to lectures and discussions, participants themselves were actively engaged in exploring the city, which included a variety of programmed and unexpected encounters in the urban arena.
City Tracks was one-day program with contributions by philosopher Gijs van Oenen, theatre makers Stefan Kaegi (curator of Ciudades Paralelas/Parallel Cities) and Floris van Delft (Dat Staat), journalist Robbert van Heuven, architect Iris Schutten, urban geographer Jan van Duppen, designer of public space Werner de Feijter, Occupy Utrecht, Stichting Tijdelijk Wonen, AL16, EetMee, Gilde Utrecht and Rainer Hofmann, artistic director of Festival a/d Werf.
Liesbeth curated the Re:Mickery program taking place during PSi#17 Camillo 2.0 – Memory, Technology, Experience, on Saturday May 28, 2011. The Mickery Theatre (1965-1991) was one of the first to introduce international avant-garde performances to a Dutch audience. The Re:Mickery program takes Mickery’s innovative work and critical inquiry into space and technology as a starting point for discussing performance today, through a one-day event with talks, short performances, interactive exhibitions and a book presentation.
Dramaturgy: Lotte van den Berg / Pleinvrees/Agoraphobia (2012), Annelore Kodde / In Duisternis (2010), Tg Basalt / Neoptolemos (2008), Giselle Vegter / XY/YZ (2005), Tg Basalt / Zwaar West (2005 – based on Sam Shepard’s True West).
Director’s assistance: Het Vervolg, Léon van der Sanden / Tramlijn Begeerte (2004), Het Nationale Toneel, Olivier Provily / Nederlandje (2003).
Directing: Tg Basalt / ZIN (2005 – based on Hal Hartley’s Surviving Desire).
Liesbeth is webmaster of the theatrestudies.nl website.