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Title: Mixed-media theatre : a phenomenological exploration of body and technology chiasm in contemporary Greek theatre
Author: Nedelkopoulou, Eirini
ISNI:       0000 0004 2716 9279
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2009
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The main aim of this research is to explore the ways that technologies of mediation bodily reconfigure participants' perception of themselves and others in a mixed-media theatrical milieu. In addressing the symbiosis of bodies and technologies, the study intends to delineate various modes and means of embodiment in the field of mixed- media theatre and to relate this field of practice to contemporary debates in both media and theatre studies. By introducing the phenomenological concept of 'chiasm', the thesis intends to define mixed-media theatre as a reciprocal exchange between body and technology which is predicated on the dissolution of the separation of different modes in theatre, namely the live and the mediated, the real and the virtual, physical and technological, human and non-human. The research aims to provide a language to articulate the lived experience of mixed-media theatre through a combined theoretical framework where performance theory, phenomenology, media theories overlap. In the thesis five different mixed-media examples of Greek performances are discussed in the light of various approaches to Merleau-Ponty's phenomenology. Each performance is considered to have offered a sensory lived experience which is explored mainly through the notions of 'flesh', 'invisible', 'reversibility', 'absence', 'gap' and 'instrumentation', which all interlink and reflect back to the key concept of 'chiasm'. The thesis regards mixed-media theatre as founded upon a relation between the participant and digital and electronic technology, recognising medial and corporeal dimensions in both body and technology. By starting with the assumption that there. is no truly mixed-media performance in which either bodies or technologies are self-sufficient, the thesis builds upon the realisation that mixed-media theatre is dependent on the embodiedness of the present participant who responds to and becomes part of an intercorporeal spectacle. Finally, this research suggests that the interrelation between body and technology opens up a field of new possibilities of corporeal engagement with mixed-media events.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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