• 27 - 30 SEPT 2021

What will the next generation of performance spaces do and be?

(Special Presentation)

Session 13 | Saturday, 01.6.2013 | 10:00-10:45 | Lecture Hall

The nature of performance is changing. Creative artists are innovating in more ways than ever before, using new technologies in ever more imaginative ways. The economic and political climate is also changing. How will these and other factors influence new concert halls, theatres and opera houses? What impact will these changes have on existing venues – how should they be adapted or refurbished for the future? This talk will start by looking back at the evolution of the concert hall and opera house to put the present in context. It will examine current trends, both in performance and in the design and planning of new and refurbished buildings. It will speculate on future venues for live performance including new technologies, multi-form spaces and the need to create exciting, flexible, creative places that can be built and operate economically.

Presented by

David Staples (UK)

Principal, Theatre Projects Consultants

David Staples is a theatre consultant who has worked in more than 50 countries. He is the current chairman of Theatre Projects, a former chairman of the Society of Theatre Consultants and a member of the International Society for the Performing Arts. He has worked on projects including the Esplanade in Singapore and the Royal Opera House Muscat in Oman.

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