Title

Alternative Approaches to Stage Management in Bali

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Black Swan Press

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts, Technology, Education and Communications

RAS ID

17482

Comments

Studham, S. F. (2013). Alternative approaches to stage management in Bali. In Changing facts, changing minds, changing worlds (20-33). Perth, Australia: Black Swan Press.

Abstract

The first state of the art 'mega-theatre' opened in Bali in 2010 with the production of a large-scale epic show. This paper explores approaches to stage management in the context of this intercultural production. Can an altered style of traditional theatre bring a transformation in the method in which a production is stage managed? In this instance, local stage managers were employed and trained both on the job and through an intensive one-month program. The production, a Balinese legend with a cast of more than 150 Balinese artists and a menagerie of animals was designed and directed by an international team. At the same time, the production's staging techniques draw on technologies of western influence. As a teacher of the craft as well as a practitioner, I would like to discuss the notion of synthesizing techniques to best suit a production. Can there be a combining of stage management approaches that respects both cultures' interpretations of the role of the stage manager? This case study will examine the evolution of a stage manager in Bali.

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