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Digital Theatre: A "Live" and Mediated Art Form Expanding Perceptions of Body, Place, and Community

dc.contributor.advisorHildy, Franklin Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorMasura, Nadjaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-10-17T05:30:09Z
dc.date.available2007-10-17T05:30:09Z
dc.date.issued2007-05-22en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/7430
dc.description.abstractThis work discusses Digital Theatre, a type of performance which utilizes both "live" actors and co-present audiences along with digital media to create a hybrid art form revitalizing theatre for contemporary audiences. This work surveys a wide range of digital performances (with "live" and digital elements, limited interactivity/participation and spoken words) and identifies the group collectively as Digital Theatre, an art form with the flexibility and reach of digital data and the sense of community found in "live" theatre. I offer performance examples from Mark Reaney, David Saltz, Troika Ranch, Gertrude Stein Repertory Theatre, Flying Karamazov Brothers, Talking Birds, Yacov Sharir, Studio Z, George Coates Performance Group, and ArtGrid. (The technologies utilized in performances include: video-conferencing, media projection, MIDI control, motion capture, VR animation, and AI). Rather than looking at these productions as isolated events, I identify them as a movement and link the use of digital techniques to continuing theatrical tradition of utilizing new technologies on the stage. The work ties many of the aesthetic choices explored in theatrical past by the likes of Piscator, Svoboda, Craig, and in Bauhaus and Futurist movements. While it retains the essential qualities of public human connection and imaginative thought central to theatre, Digital Theatre can cause theatrical roles to merge as it extends the performer's body, expands our concept of place, and creates new models of global community.en_US
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dc.titleDigital Theatre: A "Live" and Mediated Art Form Expanding Perceptions of Body, Place, and Communityen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentTheatreen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledTheateren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDigital theatreen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddigital performanceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddance technologyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledbodyen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledplaceen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledcommunityen_US


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