Immersive Theatres Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance

ISBN-10: 1137019832

ISBN-13: 9781137019837

Edition: 2013

Authors: Josephine Machon

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Book details

Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date: 5/31/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

SUSAN BROADHURST Writer and practitioner in the creative arts. She is Professor of Performance and Technology within the School of Arts at Brunel University, West London. She is the author of Liminal Acts: A Critical Overview of Contemporary Performance and Theory (1999) and Digital Practices: Aesthetic and Neuroesthetic Approaches to Performance and Technology (2007), co- editor of Performance and Technology: Practices of Virtual Embodiment and Interactivity (2006), Sensualities/Textualities & Technologies: Writings of the Body in 21st Century Performance (Palgrave MacMilllan, 2009) and of the online journal Body, Space and Technology . Susan is currently working on a series of collaborative practice-based research projects entitled, which involve introducing various interactive digital technologies into live performance. JOSEPHINE MACHON Writer and practitioner in performance and Lecturer in Theatre at Brunel University, West London, UK. She is the author of (Syn)aesthetics � Redefining Visceral Performance (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009) and, with Sue Broadhurst, is Co-editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Series, Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology , which includes Broadhurst and Machons�, Performance and Technology: Practices of Virtual Embodiment and Interactivity (2006) and Sensualities/Textualities and Technologies: Writings of the Body in 21st Century Performance (2009). Josephine is a member of Brunel�s Centre for Contemporary and Digital Performance Research, Sub-Editor of the online journal, Body, Space & Technology and on the Editorial Board for the International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media (IJPADM). Amongst her practice-based projects, Josephine is currently collaborating on site-sympathetic work that explores performance as a medium for research into human relationships with the environment.

List of Illustrations and Tables
Acknowledgements
Preface
Contributing artists and referenced work
Michael Morris, Joint Artistic Director of Artangel
H.G.
The Missing Voice (Case Study B)
Felix Barrett, Founder and Artistic Director of Punchdrunk
Masque of the Red Death
The Crash of the Elysium
Bruce Gladwin, Artistic Director of Back to Back Theatre
Soft
Small Metal Objects
Christer Lundahl and Martina Seitl, Founders and Artistic Directors of Lundahl & Seitl
Symphony of a Missing Room
Rotating in a Room of Moving Images
Silvia Mercuriali
Etiquette
And the birds Fell From the Sky…
Tassos Stevens, Co-Founder and Co-Director of Coney
The Gold-bug
A Small Town Anywhere
Samantha Holdsworth, Co-Founder and Co-Artistic Director of Nimble Fish
The Container
re:bourne
Punchdrunk Enrichment led by Pete Higgin, Enrichment Director
Under The Eiderdown
The Uncommerical Traveller
Louise Ann Wilson
House
Fissure
Bill Mitchell, Artistic Director, and Sue Hill, Associate Director of WildWorks
Souterrain
The Passion
Adrian Howells
Foot Washing for the Sole
The Pleasure of Being: Washing, Feeding, Holding
Tristan Sharps, Founder and Artistic Director of dreamthinkspeak
Before I Sleep
The Rest Is Silence
Introduction
Immersive Theatre
An immersive inheritance
Modernism, Antonin Artaud and 'total theatres'
Happenings and Environmental Theatre
Installation and intimacy
Immersive technologies, sensual technologies
Intimacy, involvement and communitas
Immersive theatres: Immediacy and intimacy today
Immersion and interaction
Presence as praesence
The structure of Part One and Part Two
Defining Immersive Theatres
Definitions and Details
Definitions
Defining immersivenoss, immersion, immersivity
Immersion, involvement and presence: Gaming Theory
Immersion, involvement and praesence: defining immersive theatre
Gauging an immersive event
Features and Finer Details: A Scale of Immersivity
Central features of immersive practice…
…Audience involvement, audience evolvement
…Sensual worlds: immediacy, Intimacy and sensuality
…Space, place and praesence: site-inspired practice
…Immersive worlds: immersive environments and the environment
The scale of immersivity
Immersive Perspectives
Immersive perspectives: feeling, form and function
Immersive practice and experiential form: (syn)aesthetics
Immersive perspectives: making-sense/sense-making
Gilles Deleuze: 'immanence' and the ludic logic of sense
Kathryn Linn Geurts: embodied feeling, embodied knowing: 'Seselelame'
Immersive perspectives: the pleasures of the audience
Umberto Eco and open works
Jacques Ranci�re's 'emancipated spectator'
Nicolas Bourriaud and relational aesthetics
Immersive perspectives: the significance of space
Juhani Pallasmaa: the sensuality of space
Doreen Massey: the politics of space and place
Gaston Bachelard: the poetics of space
Immersive theatres: audience, space, duration, sensation
Immersion, Intimacy and Immediacy in Practice
Introduction
Conversations one
Michael Morris of Artangel
Immersive theatres - intimacy, immediacy, transformation
Felix Barren of Punchdrunk
Immersive theatres - intimacy, immediacy, imagination
Conversations two
Bruce Gladwin of Back To Back Theatre
The intimate (im)mediacy of sound
Lundahl & Seitl
Challenging the (im)mediate interface
Silvia Mercuriall
Immersive imaginations - the intimate and (im)mediate
Conversations three
Tassos Stevens of Coney
Playing with(in) the 'what is' and 'what if
Samantha Holdsworth of Nimble Fish
Immersivity and cultural production - 'permission to play'
Punchdrunk Enrichment
Immersion, enrichment and empowerment
Conversations four
Louise Ann Wilson
Immersed in the environment - 'off the beaten track'
Bill Mitchell and Sue Hill of WildWorks
Immersive communitas - space, place and people
Conversations five
Adrian Howells
The epic in the intimate
Tristan Sharps of dreamthinkspeak
The intimate in the epic
Conclusion: Immersive Theatres
Notes
Recommended Reading and Research
Bibliography
Index
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