THTR 150 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Proscenium

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1 Dec 2016
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Whether a theatrical event takes place in an elaborate building or outdoors on a found site, the most fundamental physical aspect of the show is the spatial relationship between performers and audience. Endstage: audience on one side, performers facing them. Proscenium: endstage, with a proscenium separating the audience and the performers. Aaaa ppppp aaaa corridor (alley): audience on opposide sides of a central area, performers in the central area. Arena (amphitheatre): audience all around, performers in the middle. l staging: audience on adjacent sides of a central area, performers in the central area. Processional: audience and performers move from place to place. 3/4 arena (courtyard): audience on 3 sides, performers in the middle and one side. Flexible (black box): a room in which any or all of the above can be set up. Theatres are most often built in an endstage configuration, generally with a proscenium.

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