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In a cyborg performance, the ways of creating a set, directing a body and interacting with the spectator are very much different from any ordinary performance. When the technology enters, extends or amplifies the human body, the performance space adjusts to new narrative conditions. A cyborg performer can affect...
The theatre of the Russian avant-garde, by John E. Bowlt
This essay focuses on the relationship between the Russian performing arts of the Modernist period and designers such as Alexandra Exter, Pavel Filonov, Natal’ia Goncharova, Mikhail Larionov, El Lissitzky, Kazimir Malevich, Liubov’ Popova, Aleksandr Rodchenko, Varvara Stepanova, Vladimir Tatlin, and Alexander Vesnin. It investigates the complex personalities and ideas...
This paper argues for recreating performance techniques from early modern theatre by deploying a computer-based visualisation of the Rose Theatre, a London venue from the 1590s. It focuses on one spectacular performance feature in early modern theatre, the dragon, which communicated a combination of excitement, fear, and dread. This...
The painter-architect Baldassarre Peruzzi (1481–1536) is often credited with the invention of the canonical perspective stage set, yet very little is known about his first prospettiva – the theatre structure mounted inside the Vatican's apostolic palace for the vernacular comedy La Calandria in 1515. With extensive new archival research,...

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The Model as Performance: Staging Space in Theatre and Architecture, by Thea Brejzek, Lawrence Wallen
The Model as Performance investigates the history and development of the scale model from the Renaissance to the present from a scenographic perspective and a performative paradigm that explores what the model can do and how it is used in theatre and architecture. It provides a comprehensive historical context and...
Ming Cho Lee A Life in Design
Ming Cho Lee is not only one of the most important American designers of the twentieth century, but one of the most significant influences on American theatre. As a designer, he drew upon his training in Chinese watercolor, the aesthetics of his mentors, Jo Mielziner and Boris Aronson, and...
Theatre in the Expanded Field: Seven Approaches to Performance, by Alan Read
Theatre in the Expanded Field is a fiercely original, bold and daring exploration of the fields of theatre and performance studies and the received narratives and histories that underpin them. Rich with interdisciplinary reference, international, eclectic and broad-ranging in its examples, it offers readers a compelling and provocative reassessment of...
This first of the classic two-volume survey of Handel's operas was first published in 1987 and reissued in a revised paperback edition in 1995. Now it is brought back into print in a year which has seen numerous productions and recordings of the operas and which marks the 250th anniversary...
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