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Space in Performance : Making Meaning in the Theatre

Space in Performance : Making Meaning in the Theatre

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Gay McAuley
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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 320
  • Publication date: 1999
  • Publisher: The University of Michigan Press
  • Weight: 0.56 kg Note that the actual book cover may differ from the picture

Theater, as distinct from other dramatic media, is essentially a relationship between performer, spectator, and the space in which both come together. Space in Performance examines the way theater buildings function to frame the performance event, the organization of audience and practitioner spaces within the building, the nature of the stage and the modes of representation it facilitates, and the relationship between the real space of the theater and the fictional places that are evoked.
The book's theoretical and methodological framework is both semiotic and phenomenological, based in part from the seminal work of Anne Ubersfeld, from direct observation of the rehearsal process, and from documentation and analysis of professional performances. The situation of the academic observer in the rehearsal room has much in common with that of the ethnographer in the field, and contemporary ethnographic practice provides a third theoretical and methodological perspective to this study.