Intermediality in Theatre and Performance


Intermediality: the incorporation of digital technology into theatre practice, and the presence of film, television and digital media in contemporary theatre is a significant feature of twentieth-century performance. Presented here for the first time is a major collection of essays, written by the Theatre and Intermediality Research Group of the International Federation for Theatre Research, which assesses intermediality in theatre and performance. The book draws on the history of ideas to present a concept of intermediality as an integration of thoughts and medial processes, and it locates intermediality at the inter-sections situated in-between the performers, the observers and the confluence of media, medial spaces and art forms involved in performance at a particular moment in time. Referencing examples from contemporary theatre, cinema, television, opera, dance and puppet theatre, the book puts forward a thesis that the intermedial is a space where the boundaries soften and we are in-between and within a mixing of space, media and realities, with theatre providing the staging space for intermediality. The book places theatre and performance at the heart of the ‘new media’ debate and will be of keen interest to students, with clear relevance to undergraduates and post-graduates in Theatre Studies and Film and Media Studies, as well as the theatre research community.

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Freda Chapple trained at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama before working for the Welsh National ‘Opera For All’, English National Opera, Australian Opera and Scottish Opera as singer, stage manager and staff producer. She is now a Lecturer in Continuing Education (Arts) at the University of Sheffield, where she is the programme director of the English Studies and Performing Arts degree track at the Institute for Lifelong Learning. Freda was the stage manager in charge of the opening night of the Sydney Opera House and she continues to perform in and direct opera. Recent productions include: Cavalleria Rusticana and Trial by Jury, 2004; Façade, 2003; The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and La Traviata, 2000. Her current research is assessing the impact of digital technology on British Theatre practice and education, for which she holds a Society for Theatre Research award, and narrative structures in academic literacy.
Chiel Kattenbelt is associate professor in Media Comparison and Intermediality at Utrecht University (The Netherlands) where he teaches in the programmes of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Communication and Information Studies, and New Media and Digital Culture. He is also associate professor at the Theatre Academy Maastricht (The Netherlands), where he is head of an interdisciplinary research programme on new theatricality with respect to the public sphere, language and technology. He has published articles in several books and international journals on aesthetics, semiotics, theatre and media theory and intermediality.
"Structurally, the book is very well organised, with introductions to each section and an abstract of each chapter facilitating a survey of the contents of the book. It contains an excellent list of references and is well illustrated with fifty-three photographs and diagrams. I am sure this book will provide an excellent resource for scholars and arts practitioners interested in pursuing the impact of new media upon a diverse range of art practices. It provides a welcome addition to the emerging body of literature available on new media and performance." – in: Contemporary Theatre Review 16/4 (2006), 517–518 "An admirable addition to the bookshelf: in its investigation of intermediality this collection takes us to the heart of the debate about the nature of theatre itself and is thus essential reading for anyone, be they theoretician or practitioner, interested in contemporary theatre and performance." – in: TotalTheatre Magazine 18/2 (Summer 2006), p. 31
List of illustrations Freda CHAPPLE and Chiel KATTENBELT: Key Issues in Intermediality in theatre and performance Section One: Performing intermediality Chiel KATTENBELT: Theatre as the art of the performer and the stage of intermediality Ralf REMSHARDT: The actor as intermedialist: remediation, appropriation, adaptation Andy LAVENDER: Mise en scène, hypermediacy and the sensorium Sigrid MERX: Swann’s way: video and theatre as an intermedial stage for the representation of time Freda CHAPPLE: Digital opera: intermediality, remediation and education Section Two: Intermedial perceptions Peter M. BOENISCH: Aesthetic art to aisthetic act: theatre, media, intermedial performance Christopher B. BALME: Audio theatre: the mediatization of theatrical space Meike WAGNER: Of other bodies: the intermedial gaze in theatre Robin NELSON: New small screen spaces: a performative phenomenon? Peter M. BOENISCH: Mediation unfinished: choreographing intermediality in contemporary dance performance Section Three: From adaptation to intermediality Thomas KUCHENBUCH: Theoretical approaches to theatre and film adaptation: a history Klemens GRUBER: The staging of writing: intermediality and the avant-garde Johan CALLENS: Shadow of the Vampire: double takes on Nosferatu Hadassa SHANI: Modularity as a guiding principle of theatrical intermediality. Me-Dea-Ex: an actual-virtual digital theatre project Birgit WIENS: Hamlet and the virtual stage: Herbert Fritsch’s project hamlet_X References Index Notes on the contributors