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Event Space

Theatre Architecture and the Historical Avant-Garde

By Dorita Hannah

© 2018 – Routledge

400 pages

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Description

As the symbolists, constructivists and surrealists of the historical avant-garde began to abandon traditional theatre spaces and embrace the more contingent locations of the theatrical ‘event’, the built environment of a performance became not only part of the event, but an event in and of itself.

Event Space radically re-evaluates the avant garde’s championing of nonrepresentational spaces, drawing on the specific fields of performance studies and architectural studies to establish a theory of ‘performative architecture’.

‘Event’ was of immense significance to modernism’s revolutionary agenda, resisting Realism and Naturalism – and, simultaneously, the monumentality of architecture itself. Event Space analyses a number of spatiotemporal models central to that revolution, both illuminating the history of avant-garde performance, and inspiring contemporary approaches to performance space.

Table of Contents

PREFACE:

TOWARD A THEORY OF ‘SPACING’ THROUGH AVANT-GARDE ACTION

INTRODUCTION: EVENT-SPACE: A PERFORMANCE MODEL FOR ARCHITECTURE

Architecture as Event

Event-Space: A Useful Paradigm In Motion

Space (becoming-performance of architecture)

Event (becoming-architecture of performance)

(Re)Birth of the Will-to-Destruction

Avant-gardism and Modernism

CHAPTER 1: DISCIPLINING THE BOURGEOIS GLORY MACHINE

"Our provisional theatre at Bayreuth"

The Baroque Model and Post-Revolutionary Performativity

Garnier’s Architecture as Mise-en-scène

The Glory Machine

The Case of Bayreuth

A New Public

The Invisible Theatre

CHAPTER 2: ABSOLUTE SPACE: UNIVERSAL LANDSCAPES

"The Beginning… The Birth…"

Absolute Stage Space

Symbolist "Theatre of the Mind"

Dancing Architectures

Duncan’s Temple

Spatial Rhythm and Universal Landscapes

Adolphe Appia

Architecture as Temple-Laboratory

Hellerau

Resisting the Black Void

The New Monumentality of Absolute Space

CHAPTER 3: ABSTRACT SPACE: TOWARD AN ARCHITECTURE OF ALIENATION

The "Troubled Art": Avant-gardism Divided

City as a "Montage of Attractions"

Stage Space – Space Stage

Bauhaus Festivities

Total Theatre: The "Great Stage Machine"

Architectures of Alienation

Ghost in the Machine

CHAPTER 4: ABJECT SPACE: TOWARD AN ARCHITECTURE OF CRUELTY

Violence Takes Centre Stage

Spatial Violence

Bravo! And Boom, Boom!

Abjection: eROTic Object

Palace of Culture

Enter Artaud (Flinging Bombs)

An Architecture against Architecture

A Site of Recovery

Dis-eased Body

Ex-ploding Space

De-centring Architecture

Cruel Machine

CONCLUSION: MAKING ARCHITECTURE TREMBLE

Nietzsche’s Architect(ure)

Building Babel

About the Author

Dorita Hannah is Research Professor of Interdisciplinary Architecture, Arts & Design and Graduate Research Coordinator, Architecture & Design at University of Tasmania. She works across the spatial, visual and performing arts as a scholar and design practitioner.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ARC005070
ARCHITECTURE / History / Modern (late 19th Century to 1945)
ARC011000
ARCHITECTURE / Buildings / Public, Commercial & Industrial
PER011020
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism