"A person without background cannot exist" Peter Brook
Adolphe Appia revolutionised the early modern theatre by re-placing the performing body into real-time, three-dimensional space, in dialogue with a background. This is to be contrasted with attempts to make tha performer dissolve into an illusionistic middle ground.
Architect Andrew Todd will follow Appia's spatial ethos through a historical arc referencing the speaker's own engagements with Ariane Mnouchkine and Peter Brook. It will also relate Appia's revolution to a crisis within contemporary architecture, society and politics: whether the citizen is a narcissitic, consuming, self-referencing actor or an actual physical and moral participant in the world.
Andrew Todd is a Paris-based architect, writer and musician. He is co-author of the book The Open Circle: Peter Brook's Theatre Environments, and has worked on building projects including the Young and Old Vic Theatres, the Silo auditorium in Marseille and Restaurant Kitchen Galerie Bis in Paris. Named one of the top 40 Europeans architects under 40 in 2008, he was made Chevalier des Arts et Lettres by the French government in 2001.