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Lecture review: Pete Brooks


Pete Brooks, the course director at MA Performance Design and Practice, discussed Performance and Dramaturgy in this lecture.



The main focus was the postdramatic theatre strategy. This form, which was firstly introduced by German writer Hans-Thies Lehmann, no longer focus on the dramatic text, but evolves aesthetics in which new technologies and a historical shift changed media from a text-based to an image and sound-based.

Brooks’ attempts with digital technologies deconstructed the idea of using only one frame on a theatre. For example, he brought the use of multi-screen to demonstrate 2 levels narration of the graphic novel. On the one screen, the main narrative of the story is performed, while the flow of characters’ minds is displayed on the other screen.

He also introduced the work named ‘montage of cinema’ which lets audience accommodate into the box, and staffs move this around the theatre according to scenes of the story, at the same time other staffs change a set depending on the change of scenes.

The lecture also pointed out the difference between a cinema and a film. Brooks defined a cinema as more contemporary and more performative, although David Linch could produce the performance on his ‘film’.

The term of the postdramatic theatre strategy is hardly recognised, slightly makes uncomfortable for audiences because of plenty of things happening at the same time, however its release from the liner story and deconstruction of the narrative is somehow related to methodologies of information design to deal with complex phenomenon on the society.

26 Jan 2011
10:00 – 11:00 Academic Practice lecture MACD1 at studio Back Hill
by m-s-c | 2011-02-05 08:34 | Research
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