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environmental theatre

A term coined by Schechner in 1968 to refer to the non-frontal, spectator-incorporative theatre he was then creating with the Performance Group. The concept can be traced to the ...

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The Continuum Companion to Twentieth Century Theatre

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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949 words

...neutral theatrical space, but others were created in -found spaces-, which could add their own significance to the experience. From such work has developed another approach to environmental theatre, an approach more recently called site-specific theatre . Brooks McNamara , a historian of popular culture and a founding member (in 1971 ) of the American organization Environmental Theater Associates, has noted that non-theatrical spaces have been so used throughout history, particularly for folk and popular performances, which traditionally favour such popular...

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Arnold Aronson

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance

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2005
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Performing arts, Theatre
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587 words

... theatre A term coined by the American Richard Schechner in 1968 to refer to the non-frontal, spectator-incorporative theatre he was then creating with the Performance Group . Although the term was new, the concept could be traced to the processional and church-based productions of medieval theatre in Europe, as well as many forms of traditional Asian theatre and various folk performances. Whereas most representational theatre creates a frontal or oppositional relationship between the stage and auditorium —and creates an aesthetic...

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The Companion to Theatre and Performance

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2010
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Performing arts, Theatre
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555 words

... theatre A term coined by *Schechner in 1968 to refer to the non-frontal, spectator-incorporative theatre he was then creating with the *Performance Group . The concept can be traced to the processional and church-based productions of *medieval theatre in Europe, as well as many forms of traditional Asian theatre and various folk performances. Whereas most representational theatre creates a frontal or oppositional relationship between the stage and *auditorium —and creates an aesthetic distance through an implicit or explicit separation of...

environmental theatre

environmental theatre  

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A term coined by Schechner in 1968 to refer to the non-frontal, spectator-incorporative theatre he was then creating with the Performance Group. The concept can be traced to the processional ...
Sensibility

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
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History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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7,039 words
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Oxford University Press

...on this greater sensibility as grounds for imaginative capacity, but the refinement of the nerves (in ‘effeminate’ men, too) was also often identified with greater suffering, delicacy, and a susceptibility to disorder. Of course, late-seventeenth-century sensational, or environmental, psychology had promised women and men the power to construct selves and circumstance. However, the theoretical value attributed to the development of women's consciousness was in tension with a paradigm that could also rationalize their subordination on the basis of their...

Industrialization

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An Oxford Companion to the Romantic Age

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2009
Subject:
History, modern history (1700 to 1945), Literature
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5,380 words
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Oxford University Press

...factors. At present it is not clear to what extent the lowering of death rates through improved health was the result of an autonomous decline in the virulence of disease or of increased resistance of human hosts to infection as a result of better food supplies and improved environmental conditions. It may well have been a combination of the two. But these were not effects confined solely to England and Wales or even to continental Europe, and showed few signs of having been primarily associated with Britain's role as the first industrial nation. Indeed, in so...

promenade performance

promenade performance  

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Performance in which the audience moves between locations, following the action from scene to scene. The earliest examples are in rituals and Western mummers' play traditions, but the technique ...
Performance Group

Performance Group  

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American theatre group. Inspired by Grotowski's visit to New York in 1967, Richard Schechner (b. 1934), the editor of Tulane Drama Review (1962–9), set up the group to work on ...
site-specific theatre

site-specific theatre  

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A term that gained currency in the late twentieth century to describe theatre designed for a specific space or location that is not itself designed for theatrical use. Coming at ...
Eugene Lee

Eugene Lee  

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(b. 1939), scenic designer.Long associated with the Trinity Repertory Theatre and the Dallas Theatre Center, Lee received wider recognition when he designed striking environmental settings for Slave ...
audience control

audience control  

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Throughout the history of the theatre, practitioners have attempted a variety of physical, psychological, and policing strategies to influence, direct, and regulate the audience's experience of ...
La Fura dels Baus

La Fura dels Baus  

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Catalan theatre company founded in 1979. Although emerging from the same street theatre tradition as Comediants and Els Joglars, La Fura embraced the language of urbanism in their fiercely paced ...
total theatre

total theatre  

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A term derived from Richard Wagner's concept of a Gesamtkunstwerk: a total or unified work of art, in which all elements – music, voice, movement and spectacle – work together ...
Richard Schechner

Richard Schechner  

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(1934– )American director and scholar. Schechner was among the first to appreciate and discuss the dimension of performance beyond the strict confines of theatre. He was instrumental in developing ...
Wilfried Minks

Wilfried Minks  

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(1930– )German designer and director. In Ulm (1959–62) and then in Bremen (1962–9) Minks began a fruitful cooperation with Kurt Hübner and Zadek. At Bremen, then one of the most ...
Howard Bay

Howard Bay  

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(1912–86)American designer. Bay first came to wide public attention with his innovative designs for the Experimental Wing of the New York branch of the Federal Theatre Project. For the ...
Jim Cartwright

Jim Cartwright  

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(b. Farnsworth, Lancs, 27 June 1958)Playwright. Came to prominence in a rugged promenade production at the Royal Court's Theatre Upstairs of his first play, Road (1986), a humorous, compassionate ...
Ming Cho Lee

Ming Cho Lee  

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(b. 1930), designer.The most influential American scenic designer during the last four decades of the 20th century, Lee was born in Shanghai and studied art at Occidental College and ...
Trinity Repertory Company

Trinity Repertory Company  

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(Providence, Rhode Island).One of the nation's leading regional theatres, it was founded as the Trinity Square Repertory Company in 1964 and performed for many years in a converted church ...
Luca Ronconi

Luca Ronconi  

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(b. Sousse, Tunisa, 8 March 1933)Actor and director. He is particularly associated with environmental theatre through his imaginative staging of classic and little-known work, most notably the epic ...

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