Photos by Andrew Dobrowolskyj
Boucher, who has been designing sets for companies like
the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde since graduating from Concordias
Theatre Department in 1988, exhibited his work in the 1999 edition of
the Prague Quadrennial. Still glowing from the thrill of sharing his
work at an international event, Boucher want his students attending CU
in Prague to benefit from the conferences concentration of
expertise and talent
I want to explore puppetry, said Veronica Classen,
a second-year DFTT student, who will attend the Quadrennial with Boucher.
Just being there, you meet people doing the same things as you,
which is pretty exciting. Each student had to submit a portfolio
to participate in the exhibit.
For Julia Noulin-Merat, another second-year DFTT student,
the Quadrennial will be a networking opportunity. I want to find
out where I stand in the artistic community, she said. Its
an opportunity to sell yourself as a scenographer, and explore graduate
He chose Concordia because he loved the family feeling
as a student in the Theatre Department. I was accepted with open
arms, he said. DFTT has 30 students.
Scenography is about finding new avenues for designers
to express an idea, a concept or feelings. And to always keep the voice
of the author loud and fresh and relevant. For example, the current
production by theatre students,We Wont Pay! We Wont Pay!,
is a political farce about oppression and recession. The set, designed
by graduating student Amanda Rehbein, depicted Milans skyline as
caving in on the characters in a cartoonish way. Rehbein will
begin a masters degree next year at New York University.
Boucher said, Sometimes you get trapped very quickly
in the technique. Its dangerous to start thinking mechanics before
the idea is fully developed.
He hopes that the Prague Quadrennial will expose his students to new ideas and methods beyond what they learn in the classroom. Its important to keep a fresh spirit.