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Title: Close Encounters in Enclosed Spaces: Theatre from a Spectator's Perspective
Keywords: Theatre, Spectator, Performance, Perceptual, Event, Audience
Issue Date: 27-Sep-2012
Citation: MAYURA BAWEJA (2012-09-27). Close Encounters in Enclosed Spaces: Theatre from a Spectator's Perspective. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Theatre affords a space for the live encounter between spectators, the audience and theatre performance. In this thesis I have explored the processes of engagement and negotiation that underlie theatrical communication within the intersecting frameworks of the theatre event from the perspective of the spectator. I argue that the dynamism inherent in the theatre event allows for the intermingling of multiple subjectivities in the encounter with theatricality. The spectator experiences a perceptual encounter within which the entire body of the spectator is immersed. I analyse my experience of two specific theatre performances - Fear of Writing and The Blug Mug, both of which I watched/participated in in Singapore. In my experience what occurs in the moment of theatre event is inextricably linked, both with new ideas and new practices, and the proliferation of media technologies and the compression of time and space. These factors impact the spectator altering both ?how? I view and ?what? is viewed. The theatre encounter is itself constituted in a dynamic reconstituting of the spectator, the audience and the theatre performance.
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