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Engaging Spaces : Sites of Performance, Interaction and Reflection (Paperback)
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All performances, like a theatrical performances, concert performances, a visit to a museum, a street protest, or even playing a game, have at least one thing in common: they are situated in a context—they are hosted in a space, which is an ever important, albeit often overlooked, part of all performances. This anthology sets out to explore the complicated relationship between a performance and the space in which it is hosted. Some performances are hosted in well-known spaces like a concert hall or a theatrical stage—other performances are devised for a particular site, like a street protest; yet all performances acknowledge their context in order to successfully create the magic and engagement that is necessary to enact the performance to the benefit of performers and audiences alike.
The present volume explores different conceptions and uses of space, addressing how they are experienced, how they are unique, and how they engage us in various kinds of performances. The contributions also show how spaces are made or remade to host performances, and how the space of a performance plays an important role when we analyse the performance.