At present, we are witnessing a significant transformation of established forms of spectatorship in theatre, performance art and beyond. In particular, immersive and participatory forms of theatre allow audiences and performers to interact in a shared performance space.
Staging Spectators in Immersive Performances discusses forms and concepts of contemporary spectatorship and explores various modes of audience participation in theory as well as in practice. The volume also reflects on what new terms and methods must be developed in order to address the theoretical challenges of contemporary immersive performances.
Split into three parts, Staging Spectators in Immersive Performances respectively focuses on various strategies for mobilising the audience; methodological questions for research on being a spectator in immersive and participatory forms of theatre; and thematising new modes of partaking and ways of spectating in contemporary art.
Poignantly capturing experiences that can be viewed as manifestations of affective relationality in the strongest possible sense, this volumewill appeal to students and researchers interested in fields such as Theatre and Performance Studies, Media Studies and Philosophy.
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Part I: Mobile Audiences
A conversation between performance artist Signa Köstler and Theresa Schütz
Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink
Part II: Researching Spectatorship
A conversation between performance artist Julian Hetzel and Theresa Schütz
Part III: Questions of Power – Politics of Affect in Immersive Performances
A conversation between scenographer Mona el Gammal and Theresa Schütz
The Routledge Studies in Affective Societies book series presents high-level academic work on the social dimensions of human affectivity. It aims at shaping, consolidating and promoting a new understanding of societies as Affective Societies, accounting for the fundamental importance of affect and emotion for human coexistence in the mobile and networked worlds of the twenty-first century.
Birgitt Röttger-Rössler is Professor of Social and Cultural Anthropology at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany Birgitt.Roettger-Roessler@fu-berlin.de
Doris Kolesch is Professor of Theater and Performance Studies at Freie Universität Berlin, Germany email@example.com
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