The Theatrical Event: Dynamics of Performance and Perception by Willmar Sauter

By Willmar Sauter

The Theatrical Event discusses the ambitions of theatre stories by means of concentrating on the communicative come across among performer and spectator—the theatrical occasion. A theatrical occasion contains the presentation of a functionality and the eye of an viewers; during this experience, each performance—on level or on the street, ancient or contemporary—that is watched through an viewers is a theatrical occasion. the concept that underlines the “eventness” of all encounters among performers and spectators.

In the 1st a part of the ebook, Willmar Sauter provides quite a few types for the research of theatrical occasions, analyzing the connection among functionality and belief and the interplay among the performative occasion and its context. utilizing examples from old and up to date theatre historical past and discussing conventional and nontraditional methods to theatre conception, he builds a paradigmatic swap within the idea of theatre. Constructs reminiscent of taking part in tradition (as against written culture), theatrical conversation, theatricality, and theatre as a version of cultural occasion are introduced into concentration and their methodological benefits explored.

The moment a part of the e-book makes use of the theoretical basis of the 1st half to reinforce numerous themes, together with such legends as Sarah Bernhardt and different ancient phenomena akin to a Swedish Renaissance play, Strindberg's principles on appearing, the query of ethnicity within the political theatre of the Nineteen Thirties, and demanding writings on modern performances. Sauter examines how Robert Lepage's staging of A Dream Play is seen by means of critics and students and analyzes Dario Fo's intercultural move to outdoors performances in Stockholm and the bizarre sensationalism of Strindberg's Miss Julie.

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