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Misé en Scene of the City: An Investigation Into the Theatrical in Urban Space

by Vujicic, Lejla

Abstract (Summary)
Urban space can be transformed through theatrical events. This thesis discusses how theatrical space in the city is a space/occasion in which a particular revealing of the phenomena that constitute the everyday city might take place. It examines the everydayness of the city and how the city gets transformed spatially through what we can call "interruptions" of a theatrical nature, either "mediated" or "unmediated." The thesis also discusses the interrelationship between architectural space and the theatrical event and how they influence each other. First, there is a theoretical investigation of topics and ideas that are important for understanding theatrical space. These include limitations of space, the idea of perceiving delimited space, transformability of the space which comes forth in the theatrical situations, and how theater doubles as everyday life thus erasing the borders between them. Secondly, the thesis shifts to a historical investigation of theatricality and the city. It shows how examples from certain historical periods reflect the theoretical issues such as the notions of borders, the transformation of space, and the relation of urban theatricality to everyday life. Concrete historical examples illustrate themes that occur in the theatrical space of the real city. Thirdly, "Theatre as a Virtual City" deals with the space of the city as it is presented on stage. Instead of looking at city space transformed through performance, one looks at the stage sets as predetermined, conceived theatrical space. The discussion revolves around how theatrical space (through performance) reveals the nature of city life and what elements of the city shown on the stage are essential to its understanding. It also shows the potentiality of theatrical space, its capacity to shift the perceptions of the audience. The conclusion returns to a discussion of space and its relation to the event and how, insofar as it is possible, architecture can avoid the rigid or implied limitations of structured physical space itself by including consideration the "event" in its program, including the "events" of everyday life. We can regard events as the condition by which we organize a space as easily as we regard a space the condition by which we organize events. Urban space can be transformed through theatrical events. This thesis discusses how theatrical space in the city is a space/occasion in which a particular revealing of the phenomena that constitute the everyday city might take place. It examines the everydayness of the city and how the city gets transformed spatially through what we can call "interruptions" of a theatrical nature, either "mediated" or "unmediated." The thesis also discusses the interrelationship between architectural space and the theatrical event and how they influence each other. First, there is a theoretical investigation of topics and ideas that are important for understanding theatrical space. These include limitations of space, the idea of perceiving delimited space, transformability of the space which comes forth in the theatrical situations, and how theater doubles as everyday life thus erasing the borders between them. Secondly, the thesis shifts to a historical investigation of theatricality and the city. It shows how examples from certain historical periods reflect the theoretical issues such as the notions of borders, the transformation of space, and the relation of urban theatricality to everyday life. Concrete historical examples illustrate themes that occur in the theatrical space of the real city. Thirdly, "Theatre as a Virtual City" deals with the space of the city as it is presented on stage. Instead of looking at city space transformed through performance, one looks at the stage sets as predetermined, conceived theatrical space. The discussion revolves around how theatrical space (through performance) reveals the nature of city life and what elements of the city shown on the stage are essential to its understanding. It also shows the potentiality of theatrical space, its capacity to shift the perceptions of the audience. The conclusion returns to a discussion of space and its relation to the event and how, insofar as it is possible, architecture can avoid the rigid or implied limitations of structured physical space itself by including consideration the "event" in its program, including the "events" of everyday life. We can regard events as the condition by which we organize a space as easily as we regard a space the condition by which we organize events.
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School:University of Cincinnati

School Location:USA - Ohio

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:misé en scene theatrical city

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Date of Publication:01/01/2001

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