Scenographic Practice as Performance Research
Asterion is being developed through practice-based research led by Jerrard Smith, a professor of theatre design at the University of Guelph.
Beginning with the simple question of what makes spaces theatrical, an ever-growing team of artists, students, and consultants has been literally and metaphorically mapping the path that participants will take through the labyrinth.
The site-specific nature of this project allows for design to evolve organically, in response to the natural micro-environments of the site, through collaboration with artists from a variety of disciplines and as part of ongoing text and performance workshops.
For six weeks in the summer the Asterion team lives and works together onsite. This unique working environment allows for a total immersion in the project and creates a strong sense of community.