World Stage Design (WSD) is the first and only designer-based exhibition to showcase and celebrate performance design from individual designers. Held every four years, WSD has now travelled to four cities, Toronto, Canada (2005); Seoul, South Korea (2009); Cardiff, Wales, UK (2013); Taipei, Taiwan. The fifth WSD exhibition will be held in Calgary, Canada from August 5th to 15th, 2021.
The WSD2021 exhibitions are open to all designers for performance. We encourage individual designers to forward their work for consideration by the international selection jury. Designers are invited to attend this global event, which will include Scenofest, offering opportunities for multicultural exchange.
The Exhibition will divide into categories for both Professional and Emerging Designers.
Formerly referred to as Scenography, this category will look at the designer who crosses several of disciplines, such as designers of set and lighting, set and costume, lighting and costume, etc. (It may be possible for an entry for Performance Design being selected by the Jury for only one component of that design)
Space Design as a category in refers directly to design for performance spaces outside of what might be perceived as “standard” scenic/set design. It is likely to include installation and site-specific work but may also be subject to the interpretation of both the designer and ultimately the Jury.
Set Design, Sound Design, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Projection Design
Design for Performance in either a traditional or alternative context. It is up to the designer submitting work to determine in which categories they would like to have their work evaluated by the jury
To be used when a designer does not feel their work fits the categories listed above.
The WSD Planning Committee would like to acknowledge achievement in three specific areas. Each designer will be asked to identify if they feel their work should be identified in the following:
Indigenous Design for Performance
The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as Indigenous Design for Performance if they identify as an Indigenous Artist as defined by Unesco:
EcoScenography and/or Sustainable Design
The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as ecoscenography and/or sustainable design. Please indicate your reasons for seeing your work in this category of specialization.
Mixed Reality Scenography and Design
The designer may choose to have their work identified for special mention as mixed reality scenography which could include AR/VR/MR and other digital contexts. Please indicate your reasons for seeing your work in this category of specialization.