Theatre in a Media Culture

This work demonstrates how mediatization, or the adoption of the semantics and the contexts of mass media, has changed the way American theatre is produced, performed, and perceived.

Author: Amy Petersen Jensen

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476608914

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 227

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As the media have increasingly become the lens through which we see the world, media styles have shaped even the fine arts, and contemporary theatre is particularly indebted to mass media’s dramatic influence. In order to stay culturally and financially viable, theatre producers have associated theatrical productions and their promotion with film, television, and the Internet by adopting new theatrical practices that mirror the form and content of mass communication. This work demonstrates how mediatization, or the adoption of the semantics and the contexts of mass media, has changed the way American theatre is produced, performed, and perceived. Early chapters use works like Robert Wilson’s 3D digital opera Monsters of Grace and Thecla Schophorst’s digitally animated Bodymaps to demonstrate the shifting nature of live performance. Critical analysis of the interaction between the live performer and digital technology demonstrates that the use of media technology has challenged and changed traditional notions of dramatic performance. Subsequent discussion sustains the argument that theatre has reconfigured itself to access the economic and cultural power of the media. Final chapters consider the extent to which mediatization undermines theatrical authorship and creativity.
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Beyond Aesthetics

The topics explored and the methodologies used in the present volume are exceptionally varied. Yet, linking all the papers is a concern with wider cultural processes.

Author: Christopher Balme


ISBN: 3884766937

Category: Mass media and theater

Page: 148

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New Theatre Quarterly 44 Volume 11 Part 4

Elizabeth Klaver Spectatorial Theory in the Age of Media Culture The last few decades of the twentieth century have seen the rise of a significant and ...

Author: Clive Barker

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521558417

Category: Drama

Page: 105

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New Theatre Quarterly provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet. Topics covered in number 44 include: 'Spectatorial Theory in the Age of the Media Culture', and 'The Company You Keep: Subversive Thoughts on the Impact of the Playwright and the Performer'.
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South Asian Media Cultures

Firstly, there is the obvious limitation of treating theatre, cinema, television, and print journalism as a single cross-platform media culture whereby the ...

Author: Shakuntala Banaji

Publisher: Anthem Press

ISBN: 1843313200

Category: History

Page: 276

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‘South Asian Media Cultures’ examines a wide range of media cultures and practices from across South Asia, using a common set of historical, political and theoretical engagements. In the context of such pressing issues as peace, conflict, democracy, politics, religion, class, ethnicity and gender, these essays explore the ways different groups of South Asians produce, understand and critique the media available to them.
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Media Culture Society

Between the ' poor theatre ' which caters for the dominant - class fractions richest in cultural capital and poorest in economic capital , and the ' rich ...

Author: Richard E Collins, M.D.

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 144623262X


Page: 368

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Media, Culture & Society has pioneered a unique approach to media analysis. Since 1979, it has published some of the finest theoretical and historical work in communication and cultural studies from Britain and Europe. The articles in this reader are grouped in three parts, representing a selection of the best work. Each part is preceded by an introductory essay which helps students understand the issues presented, and places the theoretical contributions in context.
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Theatre at the Crossroads of Culture

The study of media is part of our main project of cultural studies. In western society one usually defines three types of culture (Abastado 1982): 1 A ...

Author: Patrice Pavis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134928101

Category: Art

Page: 228

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Western culture has a long and fraught history of cultural appropriation, a history that has particular resonance within performance practice. Patrice Pavis asks what is at stake politically and aesthetically when cultures meet at the crossroads of theatre.? A series of major recent productions are analysed, including Peter Brook's Mahabharata, Cixous/Mnouchkine's Indiande, and Barba's Faust. These focus discussions on translation, appropriation, adaptation, cultural misunderstanding, and theatrical exploration. Never losing sight of the theatrical experience, Pavis confronts problems of colonialism, anthropology, and ethnography. This signals a radical movement away from the director and the word, towards the complex relationship between performance, performer, and spectator. Despite the problematic politics of cultural exchange in the theatre, interculturalism is not a one-sided process. Using the metaphor of the hourglass to discuss the transfer between source and target culture, Pavis asks what happens when the hourglass is turned upside down, when the `foreign' culture speaks for itself.
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Mediatized Dramaturgy

The Evolution of Plays in the Media Age Seda Ilter ... In her analysis of theatre in a media culture, Amy Petersen Jensen analyses two plays written in the ...

Author: Seda Ilter

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350031166

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 240

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This study explores the ways in which playtexts have evolved in relation to the sociocultural and cognitive conditions of a mediatized age, and how they, in form and content, respond to this environment and open up new critical possibilities in text and performance. The study combines theatre and media theory through the innovative concept of 'mediatized dramaturgy' and offers conceptual reflections on the ways in which a playtext negotiates the new reality of contemporary culture. The book scrutinizes the form of playtexts and works through the exchange between text and performance by exploring contemporary works such as Simon Stephens's Pornography, Caryl Churchill's Love and Information, and David Greig's The Yes/No Plays, and their selected productions. Offering a pioneering intervention that expands discussions about the mediatization of theatre, and new playwriting, Mediatized Dramaturgyproposes areas for discussion that appeal to researchers, audiences and practitioners with an interest in the sub-field of media and performance, and British and North American drama and theatre. Media technologies and their socio-cultural repercussions have increasingly influenced theatre, particularly since the ubiquitous prevalence of digital technologies from the 1990s onwards. Consequently, new modes such as digital and intermedial theatre have come to populate and transform the theatre practice and scholarship. In this changing theatrical landscape, what has happened to plays in the historically text-oriented British theatre? How has playtext changed in an age of theatre marked by mediatization and its possibilities?
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For instance, in Theatre in a Media Culture (2007), Amy Petersen Jensen employs Auslander's theory as she works to “identify the influence of media on the ...

Author: Jessica Hillman-McCord

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319648767

Category: Social Science

Page: 365

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This book argues that the digital revolution has fundamentally altered the way musicals are produced, followed, admired, marketed, reviewed, researched, taught, and even cast. In the first hundred years of its existence, commercial musical theatre functioned on one basic model. However, with the advent of digital and network technologies, every musical theatre artist and professional has had to adjust to swift and unanticipated change. Due to the historically commercial nature of the musical theatre form, it offers a more potent test case to reveal the implications of this digital shift than other theatrical art forms. Rather than merely reflecting technological change, musical theatre scholarship and practice is at the forefront of the conversation about art in the digital age. This book is essential reading for musical theatre fans and scholars alike.
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New Theatre Quarterly 78 Volume 20 Part 2

At its close the avalanches of Performing Television : Contemporary Drama Ibsen , the threatened forests of Chekhov , and the and the Media Culture ...

Author: Simon Trussler

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521603277

Category: Drama

Page: 104

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Provides an international forum where theatrical scholarship and practice can meet.
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The Visual Focus of American Media Culture in the Twentieth Century

In 1936 Orson Welles , as revolutionary in theater as he was in radio , produced a highly experimental version of Macbeth that drew on the voodoo sector of ...

Author: Wiley Lee Umphlett

Publisher: Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press

ISBN: 083864001X

Category: History

Page: 330

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This is a sociocultural history of the visually oriented mass media forms that beguiled American society from the 1890s to the end of World War II. The purpose of the work is to show how revolutionary technological advances during these years were instrumental in helping create a unique culture of media-made origins. By focusing on the communal appeal of both traditional and new modes of visual expression as welcome diversions from the harsh realities of life, this book also attends to the American people's affinity for those special individuals whose talent, vision, and lifestyle introduced daring new ways to avoid the ordinariness of life by fantasizing it. Also examined is the sociocultural impact of an ongoing democratization process that through its nurturing of a responsive media culture gradually eroded the polar postures of the elite and mass cultures so that by the mid-1940s signs of a coming postmodern alliance were in the air. Illustrated. Before his retirement Wiley Lee Umphlett served as an administrator/professor at the University of West. Florida for more than twenty-five years.
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American Media and Mass Culture

THE NATIONAL AND THE POPULAR Masterpiece Theatre is more a part of British culture than it appears from a look at its corporate history .

Author: Donald Lazere

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520044959

Category: Mass media

Page: 618

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The Fourth Gospel in First Century Media Culture

If Camillo's memory theatre seems novel to modern readers, it was in many respects typical of ancient, medieval and Renaissance understandings of the art of ...

Author: Anthony Le Donne

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9780567375155

Category: Religion

Page: 296

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Werner Kelber's The Oral and the Written Gospel substantially challenged predominant paradigms for understanding early Jesus traditions and the formation of written Gospels. Since that publication, a more precise and complex picture of first-century media culture has emerged. Yet while issues of orality, aurality, performance, and mnemonics are now well voiced in Synoptic Studies, Johannine scholars remain largely unaware of such issues and their implications. The highly respected contributors to this book seek to fill this lacuna by exploring various applications of orality, literacy, memory, and performance theories to the Johannine Literature in hopes of opening new avenues for future discussion. Part 1 surveys the scope of the field by introducing the major themes of ancient media studies and noting their applicability to the Fourth Gospel and the Johannine Epistles. Part 2 analyzes major themes in the Johannine Literature from a media perspective, while Part 3 features case studies of specific texts. Two responses by Gail O'Day and Barry Schwartz complete the volume.
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Intermediality in Theatre and Performance

He is the artistic director of the theatre / performance company Lightwork , and has ... Studies in Theatre & Performance and Media , Culture and Society .

Author: Freda Chapple

Publisher: Rodopi

ISBN: 9042016299

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 266

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Intermediality: the incorporation of digital technology into theatre practice, and the presence of film, television and digital media in contemporary theatre is a significant feature of twentieth-century performance. Presented here for the first time is a major collection of essays, written by the Theatre and Intermediality Research Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research, which assesses intermediality in theatre and performance. The book draws on the history of ideas to present a concept of intermediality as an integration of thoughts and medial processes, and it locates intermediality at the inter-sections situated in-between the performers, the observers and the confluence of media, medial spaces and art forms involved in performance at a particular moment in time. Referencing examples from contemporary theatre, cinema, television, opera, dance and puppet theatre, the book puts forward a thesis that the intermedial is a space where the boundaries soften and we are in-between and within a mixing of space, media and realities, with theatre providing the staging space for intermediality. The book places theatre and performance at the heart of the 'new media' debate and will be of keen interest to students, with clear relevance to undergraduates and post-graduates in Theatre Studies and Film and Media Studies, as well as the theatre research community.
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The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Historiography

In part, the ubiquity of media ecologies' impact on cultures accounts for the importance of differentiating theatre from performance (a sometimes ...

Author: Tracy C. Davis

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351271707

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 496

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The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Performance Historiography sets the agenda for inclusive and wide-ranging approaches to writing history, embracing the diverse perspectives of the twenty-first century and Critical Media History. Written by an international team of authors whose expertise spans a multitude of historical periods and cultures, this collection of fascinating essays poses the central question: "what is specific to the historiography of the performative?" The study of theatre, in conjunction with the wider sphere of performance, involves an array of multi-faceted methods for collecting evidence, interpreting sources, and creating meaning. Reflecting on issues of recording — from early modern musical scores, through VHS-technology to latest digital procedures — and on what is missing from records or oblique in practices, the contributors convey how theatre and performance history is integral to social and cultural relations. This expertly curated collection repositions theatre and performance history and is essential reading for Theatre and Performance Studies students or those interested in social and cultural history more generally.
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Cultural Protest in Journalism Documentary Films and the Arts

The Bone Won't Break: On Theatre and Hope in Hard Times. London: Methuen. ... Creativity and Cultural Production: Issues for Media Practice.

Author: Daniel H. Mutibwa

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351374880

Category: Political Science

Page: 216

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Cultural Protest in Journalism, Documentary Films and the Arts: Between Protest and Professionalisation entails a comprehensive account of the history and trajectory of contemporary journalistic, (documentary) film, and arts and cultural actors rooted (partially or wholly) in radical, alternative, community, voluntary, participatory and independent movements primarily in Britain and Germany. It focuses particularly on the examination of production and organisational contexts of selected case studies, some of which date from the countercultural era. The book takes a transnational and interdisciplinary approach encompassing a range of theoretical perspectives – drawn from the political economy of communication tradition; alternative media scholarship; journalism studies; critical sociological and cultural studies of media industries; cultural industries research; and critical and social theory – in conjunction with extensive ethnographic fieldwork. It does so to reveal the obscure nature of media and cultural production and organisation at seventeen media and cultural actors based in Britain and Germany, including South Africa and Nigeria. A particular focus is placed on how such actors balance competing imperatives of a civic/socio-political, professional, artistic and commercial nature as well as various systemic pressures, and on how they navigate the resultant ambivalences, paradoxes and tensions in their day-to-day work. In essence, the book highlights key insights into a changing nature and quality of engagement with social and political realities in protest cultures.
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Theatre and Performance in Digital Culture

Matthew Causey explores the research fields of performance and theatre, new media and digital culture studies as well as art and aesthetics.

Author: Matthew Causey

Publisher: Taylor & Francis US

ISBN: 0415544106

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 214

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Theatre and Performance in Digital Culture examines the recent history of advanced technologies, including new media, virtual environments, weapons systems and medical innovation, and considers how theatre, performance and culture at large have evolved within those systems ... Drawing on the writings of Giorgio Agamben, Alain Badiou and Martin Heidegger, alongside the dramas of Beckett, Genet and Shakespeare, and the theatre of Kantor, Foreman, Socìetas Raffaelo Sanzio and the Wooster Group, the book positions theatre and performance in technoculture and articulates the processes of aesthetics, metaphysics and politics. The wide-ranging study reflects on how the theatre and performance have been challenged and extended within these new cultural phenomena, and asks the question that if contemporary technoculture operates under the regime of embeddedness that seeks to infect information from within while colonizing the body through science and technology, and if the new site of the struggle for sovereignty within bio-political systems is the bare life of the individual, how can theatre produce an effective response?--From publisher description.
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The Routledge Introduction to Theatre and Performance Studies

the theatre of the Middle Ages as beginning with the rise of liturgical drama ... cultures (1500–1900), (3) theatre in the modern media culture (1850–1970), ...

Author: Erika Fischer-Lichte

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135083885

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 200

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Erika Fischer-Lichte's introduction to the discipline of Theatre and Performance Studies is a strikingly authoritative and wide ranging guide to the study of theatre in all of its forms. Its three-part structure moves from the first steps in starting to think about performance, through to the diverse and interrelated concerns required of higher-level study: Part 1 – Central Concepts for Theatre and Performance Research – introduces the language and key ideas that are used to discuss and think about theatre: concepts of performance; the emergence of meaning; and the theatrical event as an experience shared by actors and spectators. Part 1 contextualizes these concepts by tracing the history of Theatre and Performance Studies as a discipline. Part 2 – Fields, Theories and Methods – looks at how to analyse a performance and how to conduct theatre-historiographical research. This section is concerned with the 'doing' of Theatre and Performance Studies: establishing and understanding different methodological approaches; using sources effectively; and building theoretical frameworks. Part 3 – Pushing Boundaries – expands on the lessons of Parts 1 and 2 in order to engage with theatre and performance in a global context. Part 3 introduces the concept of 'interweaving performance cultures'; explores the interrelation of theatre with the other arts; and develops a transformative aesthetics of performance. Case studies throughout the book root its theoretical discussion in theatrical practice. Focused accounts of plays, practitioners and performances map the development of Theatre and Performance Studies as an academic discipline, and of the theatre itself as an art form. This is the most comprehensive and sophisticated introduction to the field available, written by one of its foremost scholars.
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A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Empire

This volume provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre from 1800 to 1920.

Author: Peter Marx

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350135468

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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The 19th century ushered in an unprecedented boom in technology, the unification of European nations, the building of global empires and stabilization of the middle classes. The theatre of the era reflected these significant developments as well as helped to catalyse them. Populist theatre and purposebuilt playhouses flourished in the ever-growing urban and cosmopolitan centres of Europe and in expanding global networks. This volume provides a comprehensive and interdisciplinary overview of the cultural history of theatre from 1800 to 1920. Highly illustrated with 51 images, the ten chapters each take a different theme as their focus: institutional frameworks; social functions; sexuality and gender; the environment of theatre; circulation; interpretations; communities of production; repertoire and genres; technologies of performance; and knowledge transmission.
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