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Phase 1 : preparation of Svobodays

The first phase of the project is a preparation phase,  

which brings together the skills of students from the three partner schools

to produce the materials for the Svobodays event.

I. Dynamic models

Production of models of Svoboda's scenographic, kinetic and lighting devices.

Devices used in these three different productions were chosen to open up to contemporary creation.


Ensatt / Faust

Construction of the model of the scenic device

of Faust (1996)

by the students of Ensatt.

This device combines reflection, kinetics, machinery and projection.


Jamu / The Trap - Graffiti

Construction of the model of the device

of Graffiti (1999)

by the students of Jamu.

This device integrates video

and digital technologies.


Esad / La Traviata

Construction of the model of the device

of La Traviata (1992)

by the students of Esad.

The device consists of a mirror reflecting painted canvases or images projected on the floor.

II. Black Box

Design and production of a removable miniature theatre 

to experiment with models

on light, digital and video technologies.

Phase 1

III. Travelling exhibition
"Scénography 2.0"

Design and production of an exhibition  (panels, screens, projections)

In less than two decades, digital technology and advanced technologies have profoundly transformed the landscape of live performance.

Intelligent lighting, video projection, mapping, tracking, intermedia systems and other innovative tools,

referred to here as "scenography 2.0",

have opened the way to new forms of creating

and led to the emergence of new professions and specializations.

This exhibition proposes to discover the precursors of these scenic mutations,

and to question our contemporary practices in this area.

Phase 2

Phase 2 : Svobodays tour

The second phase of the project is a diffusion phase, with the Svobodays taking place in different

European higher education schools offering a training course in scenography.

The event is adapted to the wishes and possibilities of the host school or venue, in a format of 3 to 4 days.

A typical Svobodays edition:

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D -1 :

Arrival of the team at the host school

Meeting with the educational team

Set up, installation

D1 :

Opening of the exhibition and the Black Box

Student workshops

Thematic conferences

D2 :

Student workshops

Thematic round table 1

Survey on the teaching of scenography 2.0

(interviews with teachers and students)

D3 :

Student workshops

Thematic round table 2

Continuation of survey/interviews

D4 :

Non-student groups welcome day (discovery of technical professions in the entertainment industry)

Debriefing meeting


The Svobodays tour team consists of 6 people

(teachers and students from the 3 partner schools).

The round tables and conferences bring together professionals from the stage, researchers and students,

to question the links between the stage and the digital world and advanced technologies.

The themes and local speakers will be chosen in consultation with the teachers of the host schools.


Each edition will be the subject of a report posted on the project website.

Research program

Each edition of Svobodays is an opportunity to question the practices in the visited countries,
in terms of the application of advanced to the stage.
Different themes are selected, to be explored according to the qualities and specialties
of the local professionals and researchers:

- Technological mutations of the stage in the 21st century
- New tools, new approach?
- Immersive devices and interactivity
- Stage creation and intermediality
- Video as a source of light
- Mapping and augmented space
- Intelligent light and reproducibility of lighting
- Piloting, tracking and control systems
- Scenography 2.0 and eco-responsibility 
  • Extracts and summaries of the lectures and debates will be posted on the project website after each edition. A synthesis will be written at the end of the program, aiming to outline the state of play of technological transitions in the stage in ten European countries.


  • The program also includes a survey on how light and digital technologies applied to the stage, recent disciplines in higher education, are taught today in Europe. This survey, based on interviews and meetings conducted by the project leaders and a cultural anthropologist, will also result in a final report.


Actions aimed at groups of non student young people

This program is not only aimed at art students who are already involved in a training course,

it also targets groups of young people questioning their professional orientation

(secondary school students, young people who have dropped out of school),

through two types of action:

Introductory course in stage techniques

A 5-day training course organized in each of the three partner schools in 2023,

aimed at young people questioning their professional orientation.

They will discover the professions of stage management, stage machinery and costumes.

(workshops, experiments, exchanges with professionals and students)

Days of discovery of the technical professions of the stage

At each edition of Svobodays there will be a special day

dedicated to welcoming groups of students and young people who have dropped out of school.

Welcomed by students from the partner schools and the host schools,

they will be invited to visit the exhibition, participate in workshops,

try their hand at directing in the Black Box, and exchange with professionals and students.

The aim of these actions is to motivate participants to enter a technical field level 3 or 4

(electricity, audio-visual, networks, carpentry, sewing)

to enable them to subsequently take up a technical course of study in the entertainment industry.

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