The Stagecraft

Over the past several years

I have worked to develop a

stagecraft that enables

live performers to inhabit

illusionary 3-dimensional

stage sets. The audience

wears polarized glasses

that allow sterograghic

projected stage imagery

to create illusions of

volumetric space. These

projected 'soft sets' require

special semi-transparent

screens and lighting and the

projected imagery is scaled

to fit the performers actions

serving as a theatrical

infrastructure that supports

all forms of multimedia;

scrolling text, data

animations, and film. The

performers appear to be

inhabiting illusions of

architectural space that

project out into the audience

or extend deep into the

receding stage area. This

staging system was developed

at our theater in San Francisco

and has toured to Japan, to

the Spoletto Festival in

Charleston South Carolina

and recently to the Festival

Internacional des Artes Cenicas

in Sao Paulo Brazil.

For 20/20 Blake it provides

an ideal means to bring the

art of William Blake to life

on stage merging text

and visual art with

the living theater.

- George Coates
The Tyger

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, and what art
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? and what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain?
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp
Dare its deadly terrors clasp?

When the stars threw down their spears
And watered heaven with their tears,
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright
In the forests of the night,
What immortal hand or eye
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?

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