Jacques Polieri: Kinetic Theatre Space


  • Juan Ignacio Prieto López Universidade da Coruña




Polieri, Theater, Avant-garde, Kinetic


Between the First and Second World War the definition of the new type of theater building was one of the main tasks of the European Avantgarde. In its design and theoretical formulation were poets, playwrights, theater directors, architects, painters, actors, engineers... from different countries and art movements. Despite the collaboration of the leading members of the Avant-garde like Marinetti, Moholy-Nagy, Kiesler, El Lissitzky, Gropius... none of these proposals were built because of their radical and utopian characteristics. It was a young French theater director, Jacques Polieri, who became the main compiler and prompter of those proposals in postwar Europe in two issues of the French journal Aujourd´hui, art et architecture. The first of them published in May 1958, under the title “Cinquante ans de recherches dans le spectacle” collected the most important experiences in theory, scenography, technic, and theater architecture in the interwar period. Polieri worked with different architects in several projects for theater buildings, whose main feature was the mobility of all their elements and components, trying to get a dynamic experience during the performance. Those proposals related to Kinetic Art, were published in a second issue of Aujourd´hui, art et architecture entitled “Scénographie Nouvelle” in October 1963.


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Author Biography

Juan Ignacio Prieto López, Universidade da Coruña

Juan Ignacio Prieto López (Vilalba (Lugo), 1981) Architect, Universidade da Coruña (2007). PhD “cum laude” with the thesis entitled Teatro Total: la arquitectura teatral de la vanguardia europea en el período de entreguerras in 2013. Lecturer in Architectural Desing at Departamento de Proxectos Arquitectónicos y Urbanismo, Escola Técnica Superior de Arquitectura, Universidade da Coruña, 2008-. Visiting Lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d´Architecture de Clermont-Ferrand (2009-2014) and the Ostbayerische Technische Hochschule Regensburg (2008-2014) and Master programme in Landscape Architecture organized by Fundación Juana de Vega, Universidade da Coruña and Universidade de Santiago (2012-2014). Member of the research unit pARQc (Proyecto, Arquitectura y Ciudad) and Observatorio de Espacios Escénicos. Professional work awarded and published at national level.


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Research articles
Received 2015-04-30
Accepted 2015-09-14
Published 2015-10-29