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Scenography is the European word for set design.  Not commonly used in the US, it refers to an interpretation of the role of the set designer as an auteur.  The scenographer has an understanding of all of the sensory elements of a performance and although not solely responsible for the lighting, sound and costume design he or she will help to shape the vision for a production in conjunction with the director.  In this way the scenery is unified with all of the other design elements.  As well as disrupting the traditional hierarchy of designers  being subservient to an omnipotent director, Scenography also reshuffles the role of playwright as the sole initiator of the narrative structure for a performance.  Scenographers often initiate theatrical projects.  Visual imagery can be just as inspirational a starting place for a piece of theater as a written text.http://livepage.apple.com/