Sunday Inspiration – Isamu Noguchi

 

"Theatre is a ceremonial; the performance is a rite."

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This week I’ve been doing research for an upcoming project for Inscapes Projects that is part of the NGV Melbourne Design Week 2019 program. If you want to know more about our project and the event, sign up to my mailing list or follow me on Instagram for updates. Tickets will be available from mid February.

So, my research led me to Isamu Noguchi. He is famous for his popularised rice paper lamps but I was more interested in his theatre, set designs and costumes. I dived deep into his book, Isamu Noguchi – A Sculptor’s World, Steidl 1968 and found his extraordinary writings and photographs on his theatre works.

I can’t help being drawn to the way he describes the experience of

We breathe in, we breathe out, inward turning, alone, or outgoing, working with others, for an experience that is cumulative through collaboration. Theatre is the latter kind. My interest is the stage where it is possible to realize in a hypothetical way those projections of the imagination into environmental space which are denied us in actuality.

The theatre of dance in particular adds the movement of bodies, in relation to form and space, together with music. There is joy in seeing sculpture come to life on the stage in its own world of timeless time. The very air becomes charged with meaning and emotion, and form plays its integral part in the re-enactment of a ritual. Theatre is a ceremonial; the performance is a rite. Sculpture in daily life should or could be like this. In the mean time, the theatre gives me its poetic, exalted equivalent.

Isamu Noguchi b.1904 - d.1988