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Title: THEATRE - THE CONSTRUCTION OF CITIZENRY AND SUBJECT
Authors: NURSYAHIDAH MAZLAN
Keywords: Architecture
Design Track
DT
Master (Architecture)
Wong Chong Thai Bobby
2015/2016 Aki DT
Body in Society
Concert Hall Singapore
Royal Saltworks France
Theatre
Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall Singapore
Victoria Theatre Singapore
Issue Date: 22-Dec-2015
Citation: NURSYAHIDAH MAZLAN (2015-12-22). THEATRE - THE CONSTRUCTION OF CITIZENRY AND SUBJECT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Theatre can be seen as a form of representation of daily lives and also like a mirror that gives us a sense of the past and the current, and thus, giving us a confidence to move to the future. Ledoux’s Royal Saltworks factory at Arc-­‐et-­‐Senans, France, was given the center stage as the ‘gaze’1 of its century where, spatially, it acts as a stage for its workers to be looked at, thus making them subjects of production2. As societies progresses, a shift occurs. There is one constancy, though in specificity and context different, and that is the gaze. Here, I am referring to the gaze in the Royal Saltworks that still remains with us. One aspect of modernity or the experience of modernity is the production and the making of subjects. The central gaze instills surveillance and control, and overtime, disciplines the body. In the case of Ledoux’s factory the body is that of an efficient and disciplined worker. What is new in this paper is providing alternative ways of seeing and perceiving a body in an environment like in the Royal Saltworks factory. Hence, Anthony Vidler used the term ‘theater’ as a metaphor based on a modern idea. I also delved into the works of other cultural theories to understand theories within the context of theatre, both real and metaphorically. I hope to present a fresh perspective on not only the social identity but also on how one seeks to see and to be seen, and thus produce a certain kind of body in a society. Through analyzing the sociology of theatre, its metaphoric notions, and both historical and current case studies, all within the boundaries of theatre, I was able to speculate about the evolvement of such culture and its representation as a new social stage. Different types of bodies will be analyzed whereby the examination is based on a chronological time zone, dating back from the eighteenth century to the present time. A critique on Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall (VTCH), that had undergone facelift in 2014 will be made, to see as to why there is a need for such restoration instead of turning it into a black box, as suggested by Iain Mackintosh, which would be sufficient for a theatre to take place.
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