A Short History of Western Performance Space
By (author) David Wiles
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Short History of Western Performance Space by David Wiles
Book DescriptionThis innovative book provides a historical account of performance space within the theatrical traditions of western Europe. David Wiles takes a broad-based view of theatrical activity as something that occurs in churches, streets, pubs and galleries as much as in buildings explicitly designed to be 'theatres'. He traces a diverse set of continuities from Greece and Rome to the present, including many areas that do not figure in standard accounts of theatre history. Drawing on the cultural geography of Henri Lefebvre, the book identifies theatrical performances as spatial practices characteristic of particular social structures. It is not a history of contexts for dramatic literature, but the history of an activity rooted in bodies and environments. Wiles uses this historical material to address a pressing concern of the present: is theatre better performed in modern architect-designed, apparently neutral empty spaces, or characterful 'found' spaces?
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521012744
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 2-Oct-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author David Wiles
Theatre and Time, Paperback (September 2014)
This fascinating account of the relationship between theatre and time explores how different concepts of time - including linear clock time, the cyclical time of the planets and seasons, the rhythms of the body and individual memories - have impacted on and been reinforced by theatre throughout history, from medieval times to the present day.
Theatre and Citizenship, Paperback (July 2014)
Shaped by political concerns of today, this is an informed but provocative take on theatre history and theatre's social function.
Cambridge Companion to Theatre History, Paperback (December 2012)
A wide-ranging set of essays that explain what theatre history is and why we need to engage with it.
Mask and Performance in Greek Tragedy, Paperback (July 2012)» View all books by David Wiles
A 2007 study of the mask in Greek tragedy, covering both ancient and modern performances.
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Author Biography - David Wiles
David Wiles is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway University of London. His previous publications have mainly been in the field of Elizabethan and Greek theatre, including Shakespeare's Clown: Actor and Text in the Elizabethan Playhouse (Cambridge, 1987) and Greek Theatre Performance (Cambridge, 2000). This is his seventh book.
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