The Scenofest Costume Program, organized by OISTAT
Costume Design Sub-Commission leaders Simona Rybakova of the Czech Republic, Sofia Pantouvaki of Greece, and Rosane Muniz of Brazil, kicked off with two days of Costume Talks presentations covering a broad range of topics relating to the art and study of costume--a testament to the complex and far-reaching scope of the discipline.
(Full disclosure: In addition to giving two lectures and speaking at an OISTAT
History and Theory Commission symposium, I was a member of the Scenofest team and was on the editorial staff of the PQ daily newspaper.
Other sessions at both the OISTAT
and USITT conferences included presentations of various advances in theatre technology.
There I was introduced to OISTAT
members, some of whom have become life-long friends and colleagues.
It coincides with the World Congress of the OISTAT
, the International Organization of Scenographers, Theater Architects and Technicians, running March 13-15--which precedes the United States Institute for Theatre Technology's 45th annual Conference & Stage Expo, March 16-19.
Zieglerova and USA OISTAT
Architecture Commissioner Greg Cook developed a plan that met the PQ requirements and was submitted to the PQ Spaces Curator for approval.
Calls for proposals were posted last year on the PQ and OISTAT
websites inviting applicants to submit photos, sketches, and descriptions of their proposed Tribes designs.
Many hours have been spent in USITT and OISTAT
sound meetings discussing a more ideal presentation method for the exhibition format.
Special exhibitions, workshops, tours, and symposia in various forms have been a part of every PQ OISTAT
World Congresses and formal commission meetings have been held at the quadrennial since 1971.
The symposium was organized by OISTAT
and TheatrEurope members who share an intense desire to save the wooden machinery of the Bourla theater.
He went to WSD in Seoul in 2009 and made what he calls " a very simple presentation" to the committee which organizes the exhibition in conjunction with the OISTAT
Ferrera is active in OISTAT
, yet that organization does not at this time have a costume commission, just a "working group."