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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...

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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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  • Contains a broad range of examples of immersive theatres that are physical, sensual and participatory
  • Addresses the role and function of 'audience'
  • Includes original interviews with immersive artists from major artists and companies, such as Punchdrunk, Dreamthinkspeak, Wildworks, Artangel, Coney and Adrian Howells
  • Artists and practitioners are given the space to question and debate their own definitions and experiences of this formalistic approach
  • Examines key topics such as site-specific performance and immersive technologies
  • Theories introduced in Part One are clearly demonstrated through the examples of practice in Part Two
  • Features key chapters on 'Immersive Perspectives,' and 'Features and Finer Details: A Scale of Immersivity'

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.
“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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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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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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