Immersive Theatres

Immersive Theatres : Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance

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This comprehensive text is the first survey to explore the theory, history and practice of immersive theatre. Charting the rise of the immersive theatre phenomenon, Josephine Machon shares her wealth of expertise in the field of contemporary performance, inviting the reader to immerse themselves within this abundantly illustrated text. The first section of the book introduces concepts of immersion, situating them within a historical context and establishing a clear critical vocabulary for discussion. The second section then presents contributions from a wealth of immersive artists.

Assuming no prior knowledge with its critical commentary, this is a rich resource for lecturers and students at all levels and internationally, including undergraduates and post-graduates, as well as practitioners and researchers of contemporary performance. This would also be an ideal text for general enthusiasts and readers with an interest in immersive theatre.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 344 pages
  • 155 x 235 x 20.32mm | 443g
  • Red Globe Press
  • New York, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 2013 ed.
  • 344 p.
  • 1137019832
  • 9781137019837
  • 52,376

Table of contents

List of Illustrations.- Acknowledgements.- Preface.- Contributing Artists and their Practice.- Introduction: Immersive Theatres Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance.- PART I.- 1. Definitions and Details.- 2. Features & Finer Details: A Scale of Immersivity.- 3. Immersive Perspectives.- PART II.- 4. Introduction: Immersion, intimacy and Immediacy in Practice.- 5. Michael Morris of Artangel.- 6. Felix Barrett of Punchdrunk.- 7. Bruce Gladwin of Back To Back Theatre.- 8. Lundahl & Seitl.- 9. Silvia Mercuriali.- 10. Tassos Stevens of Coney.- 11. Sam Holdsworth of Nimble Fish.- 12. Punchdrunk Enrichment.- 13. Louise Ann Wilson.- 14. Bill Mitchell and Sue Hill of WildWorks.- 15. Adrian Howells.- 16. Tristan Sharps of dreamthinkspeak.- 17. Conclusion: Immersive Theatres.- Recommended Reading and Research.- Bibliography.- Index.
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Review quote

"This book comes at a potential tipping point for those of us who study and practise theatre. In the age of Web 2.0, immersive practice looks forward to a rich style of developing affective storytelling and connection via theatrical performance. At the heart of this book is an assessment of the state of theatre at the outset of an existential crisis, looking for ways to bring its audience back into the fold." (William Lewis, New Theatre Quarterly, Vol. 31 (3), August, 2015)
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About J. Machon

Josephine Machon is Senior Research Fellow in Contemporary Performance Practice at Middlesex University, London, UK. She is the author of (Syn)aesthetics: Redefining Visceral Performance (2009, 2011). Josephine is also the co-editor of Performance and Technology (2006), Sensualities/Textualities and Technologies (2010) and Identity, Performance and Technology (2012) and joint editor of the Palgrave Macmillan Series in Performance and Technology.
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