Intermediality in Theatre and Performance
This group examines theatre and performance in the context of other media from an intermedial perspective. Working from a starting point that theatre provides a staging space for intermedial performances, the group examines the proliferation of texts, medial spaces and intermedial relationships created when the live medium of theatre/performance intersects with other media. We are particularly interested in performance in relation to digital culture and digital technology.
Members of the group bring to meetings examples of innovative intermedial performances, which might help to assess the impact of, for example, digital technology on theatre practice; or ideas about the trend in contemporary performances towards a blurring of the apparently clear-cut boundaries between media. Theatre and performance are our starting point, but from there we move out to consider other art forms and media. We discuss the phenomenon of intermedial performance in theory and practice, and its impact on theatre practice and learning.
The group's main activity leading up to the next FIRT/IFTR conference in Barcelona 2013 is to complete the work on its third book project, Playing Intermediality (working title).
Sarah Bay-Cheng, Chiel Kattenbelt, Andy Lavender and Robin Nelson (eds.), Mapping Intermediality and Performance, Amsterdam University Press, 2010, 125-134. ISBN 978 90 8964 255 4
Open access: http://www.aup.nl/do.php?a=show_visitor_repository&m=59
Beyond its original presentation that ... weaves a vivid conceptual network between the different articles, this major publication on new media performance gives a thorough analysis and immensely useful hermeneutic tools to approach intermediality.
Liza Kharoubi, Theatre Research International, 36:3 (2011), 299
Chapple, Freda and Chiel Kattenbelt (eds.), Intermediality in Theatre and Performance. Amsterdam / New York: Rodopi, 2006, 266 pp. (Themes in Theatre 2).
A new working group publication Playing Intermediality is currently underway with a proposed publication date in 2013. A small editorial team of three members is steering this work, with contributions from a larger number of members.
Next meeting: IFTR conference, Barcelona, 2013.
Last meeting: IFTR Conference, Santiago, 2012.