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The new multimedia performances

Author(s): Iosif Astrukov
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Music, Visual Arts, Film / Cinema / Cinematography
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: Multimedia projectors have become an established standard on each stage for quite a while now. Now actors use projections on their bodies, fragmenting representations in different areas of the space, switching them to other projectors, synchronizing a number of parallel projections, etc. This technology allows for interactivity too. Interactivity itself is implemented in two main directions: live interaction with a screen and/or audiences and interaction between different stages. A perfect synchronization of lightning, animation-multimedia and a consummate live performance creates an unparalleled illusion of reality. The Seventh Sense (2011) staging of anarchy Dance Theatre lends a new dimension to what I’d call a visual performance. They achieve real interactivity at several levels. Here we could not speak any longer of stage alone for what they build is an environment, where performers and audiences find themselves. With this technology becoming more accessible, actors feel freer to create in this hybrid field of visual performances. I believe this is the apt term as vision in such performances is as important and definitive as a living performance: the two are inextricably bound up with each other and can’t exist independently. Supposedly, observing recent trends, more and more stagings will be witnessed in this line, interactive to varying degrees, but definitely visual and technological.

  • Issue Year: 2015
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 43-45
  • Page Count: 3
  • Language: Bulgarian