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Space and Light: Edward Gordon Craig

Edward Gordon Craig's Hamlet at the Moscow Arts Theatre

Edward Gordon Craig's stage design for act one, scene two of William Shakespeare's Hamlet at the Moscow Art Theatre, directed by Stanislavski. Design made in 1908

Edward Gordon Craig was a pioneer of Modern stage craft, whose experimental theatre techniques have shaped live performance today. Space and Light will be an interactive installation that uses sound, light, projection and drama to engage the audience with Edward Gordon Craig, his life, works and visions. The exhibition will also feature a number of Craig’s beautiful woodcuts and engravings. This exhibition will be on show in the V&A Theatre and Performance Galleries from 11th September, 2010.

Future Venues: V&A Theatre and Performance Galleries; Gallery of Jan Fragner, Prague (as part of the Prague Quadrennial 2011).

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