WEATHER# Developing New Theatre Ecologies Through Virtual Venue  (2021)

Cristini, Monica
WEATHER# Developing New Theatre Ecologies Through Virtual Venue
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theatre ecology, social environment, 3D theatre, climate change, virtual space
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WEATHER# is a multimedia performance based on the musical opera composed by Elizabeth Swados in 2014; its aim is to raise knowledge and awareness on climate change and human impact on the natural world. The new production presented in January 2021 develops the original work by using several artistic languages and performative forms in order to create a new and accessible social environment of cultural sharing, and to promote discussion about climate issues. Without following a narrative form, WEATHER# combines chants, dances, and monologues played in several languages in a kaleidoscopic shape, creating a path through the various aspects of the climate change. The performance encompasses a great variety of stories, scientific descriptions, and mythological narrations in a 360-degree virtual space, divided into eleven rooms in which the audience can both attend and interact with the performance. The outcome is a new theatrical venue, shared by performers and audience, and among the members of the audience. This novel vision of the virtual and performative context creates a new social environment and implies a rethinking of both making and experiencing theatre. The physical boundaries of the theatrical space are trespassed and opened to a limitless environment. This peculiarity leads also to a reconsideration of the relationship between artists and spectators in a new and open theatre ecology.
L'articolo nasce da uno studio nell'ambito dei Performance Studies, con un'alisi che parte dal concetto di theatre ecology per mettere in luce il particolare approccio creativo che ha dato vita al progetto. L'argomento è stato precedentemente presentato al convegno internazionale di studi della Internationa Federation for Theatre Research - IFTR nel luglio 2021. This article originates from research that is part of the project La MaMa Experi-mental Theatre: a lasting bridge between cultures – MariBet, funded from the Europe-an Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Program under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie, grant agreement No 840989. Founded in 2014, Skenè.JTDS wishes to inspire and host, in a new academic site, a vivacious debate on issues, questions and specifics of drama and theatre texts from the antiquity to the present. Areas of special interest are the forms, modes and genres of play texts, and the impact of dramaturgy and performance on their codification. The journal intends to stimulate a discussion on critical approaches to the play text and the performance text within an interdisciplinary context. Philological, linguistic, rhetorical, semiotic, and translation studies, as well as literary and philosophical hermeneutics, reception studies, sociology of theatre, and performance studies will all contribute to a lively confrontation between different perspectives and critical views. The journal promotes the interaction between international scholars of various humanistic areas, furthering a dialogue between renowned and younger researchers.
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October 23, 2022
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Cristini, Monica, WEATHER# Developing New Theatre Ecologies Through Virtual Venue «SKENÈ. JOURNAL OF THEATRE AND DRAMA STUDIES» , vol. 7 , n. 22021pp. 339-348

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La MaMa Experimental Theatre: a lasting bridge between cultures (MariBet) Department Culture e Civiltà Simona Brunetti, Monica Cristini


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