*: The term abyss was derived from the seminal work of Arnold Aronson, Looking into the Abyss: Essays on Scenography
This treatise is about typology, not design. This study doesn’t reflect treatments of specific performances, although shown instances might have been manifested in the past. These ideas are not designs per se. They are spatial iterations or else, Universally Applicable Forms as named by the Bauhaus master Frederick Kiesler.
Each of them concerns a specific scenario of performative setup. This study also doesn’t cover the space around the stage, as a venue. This study is using as a basis several typologies of theatres, in order to study the performance space itself.
Based on simple rules of distribution, scale and basic rules of composition between performer and space, variations were generated that unfold different confugrations of each typology and reveal unexpected findings. The archive thus far is more than 2000 sketches in Perspective and Top views.
What this study offers, is a library of variations that can be used as diagrams for someone to understand the relationship between the performers and the space they define. Or the other way around.