On the spectator’s return to the theatre

Vandenberg, Jonathan (2021) On the spectator’s return to the theatre. In: Arrhythmia Performance Pedagogy and Practice, 11:50am – 12:10pm - 5th June 2021, Online.

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Title: On the spectator’s return to the theatre

During the pandemic, theatre has maintained a certain presence via technology. Now, as theatre gradually returns across the globe, there is an opportunity to rediscover theatre as a phenomenon. In particular, we may juxtapose two different kinds of modern spectator experience. No, not passive versus active, but rather: remote versus communal.
Technologically mediated performance cannot recreate the experience of a group breathing the same air and experiencing the same flow of time. For me, this communal experience is mysterious and vital. Its absence has contributed to my own arrhythmia in the pandemic era. Returning to the theatre has also heightened my appreciation of the spectator’s craft. Yes, active and engaged spectatorship is a skill. Like all skills, it requires time to develop and, when lost, demands patience to reacquire.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Interlockingrhythmspanel13
Subjects: Performing Arts
Divisions: Publications > Conference Paper
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2021 04:11
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2021 04:12
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/1013
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