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Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project

Palgrave Macmillan
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About this book

Introduction

Political Cyberformance: The Etheatre Project examines the use of Internet platforms as theatrical, rehearsal and performance spaces and explores the interactive and political potentials of online theatre, questioning the boundaries of these in-between spaces and the spatial experiences they cause. In a political cyberformance, the role of the director is to promote real-time discussion between the audience and the performers via a chat box and assist the active participation of spectators in the performance. In particular, I look at forms of cyber-adaptation, cyber-ethnotheatre and cyber-collaboration as directing methodologies for producing dialectical forms of political cyberformances, with reference to the productions of Cyberian Chalk Circle (2011), Merry Crisis and a Happy New Fear (2012) and Etheatre Project and Collaborators (2014), respectively.

Keywords

Internet cyberformance engagement participation performance social turn interactivity intermediality cyberstage cyber-street theatre cyber turn dialectics dialogism performative stage theatre

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of South WalesUK

About the authors

Christina Papagiannouli received her Ph.D. in theatre and digital performance from University of East London (UEL), UK in 2014. She is currently a research assistant at University of South Wales, and previously has served as a visiting lecturer and research assistant at UEL. Papagiannouli has presented her work at a range of international events and conferences.

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Reviews

"This is the first monograph to consider the political potential of online performance, offering a valuable discussion of direct audience engagement and active participation strategies employed in political practices of cyberformance. The volume is highly recommended for practitioners in theatre and media alike, as well as students and scholars engaged in Practice as Research." - Maria Chatzichristodoulou, London South Bank University, UK 
  
"Christina Papagiannouli's book is a timely addition to writings about theatre in a digital era, and in particular experimental performance on the Internet. Her discussion of a directorial response to this fast-developing scene – geared around facilitation rather than auteur-like instruction – provides a reflective challenge to several hierarchical and dramaturgical norms." – Andy Lavender, University of Surrey, UK
"This is the first monograph to consider the political potential of online performance, offering a valuable discussion of direct audience engagement and active participation strategies employed in political practices of cyberformance. The volume is highly recommended for practitioners in theatre and media alike, as well as students and scholars engaged in Practice as Research." - Maria Chatzichristodoulou, London South Bank University, UK 

  

"Christina Papagiannouli's book is a timely addition to writings about theatre in a digital era, and in particular experimental performance on the Internet. Her discussion of a directorial response to this fast-developing scene – geared around facilitation rather than auteur-like instruction – provides a reflective challenge to several hierarchical and dramaturgical norms." – Andy Lavender, University of Surrey, UK