Alan Hudson - New Synthetic Theatre

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New media, such as online virtual worlds, allows new forms of theatre to be created. This presentation discusses the possibilities of a new medium following on from theatre and film and its potential characteristics.

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Alan Hudson - New Synthetic Theatre

  1. 1. or E-Theatre / Hyperformalism Theatre Presented at JAM 2011 ( http://www.reading.ac.uk/ftt/pg-research/ftt-pgrjam.aspx ) Alan Hudson BA (currently) Senior Lecturer London Metropolitan University New Synthetic Theatre
  2. 2. Conventional Theatre characteristics <ul><li>Live performance – every show is different </li></ul><ul><li>Audience Space v. Performance space </li></ul><ul><li>Static Audience - Single Viewpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Audience chooses where to look </li></ul><ul><li>3D </li></ul><ul><li>Distance between performers and audience </li></ul><ul><li>Expensive – full cast and support staff for each performance </li></ul>
  3. 3. Alternatives to Conventional Theatre <ul><li>Pantomime – audience brought on stage </li></ul><ul><li>Theatre in the round – 360 view </li></ul><ul><li>Studio Theatre – to increase intimacy </li></ul><ul><li>Multiple venues – one per scene </li></ul><ul><li>Still Expensive </li></ul>
  4. 4. Film and TV characteristics <ul><li>Recorded performance – every show is the same </li></ul><ul><li>Strict Audience Space v. Performance space </li></ul><ul><li>Static Audience - Single Viewpoint </li></ul><ul><li>Director choose where to look </li></ul><ul><li>Allows close-ups </li></ul><ul><li>3D ? Can be. </li></ul><ul><li>Low performance cost – small support staff </li></ul>
  5. 5. Film Follows Theatre <ul><li>Film enables new possibilities not practical with live theatre. e.g. </li></ul><ul><li>A cast of thousands </li></ul><ul><li>Large explosions and effects </li></ul><ul><li>Rapid change of scenery/location </li></ul><ul><li>Film does not replace live theatre. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Digital Media <ul><li>Enables new possibilities. </li></ul><ul><li>A single audience can be located anywhere with internet access. </li></ul><ul><li>Online environments can be programmed and so be media rich and interactive. </li></ul><ul><li>The systems and software exist now. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Second Life <ul><li>A 3D Virtual World accessible by anyone with a computer and internet access. </li></ul><ul><li>Media rich – 3D graphics, audio, physics. </li></ul><ul><li>An environment built by the users. </li></ul><ul><li>A large user base. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Possibilities for Theatre <ul><li>Can build a theatre, rehearse a show, invite an audience, and perform. </li></ul>
  9. 9. The SL Globe Theatre
  10. 10. The SL Globe Theatre Twelfth Night
  11. 11. Theatron – King’s College http://www.kvl.cch.kcl.ac.uk/theatron.html
  12. 12. Moulin Rouge
  13. 13. Moulin Rouge Chicago
  14. 14. Moulin Rouge Chicago
  15. 15. Dramatiques Performance Troupe Narnia
  16. 16. Dramatiques Performance Troupe Narnia
  17. 17. Dramatiques Performance Troupe Narnia
  18. 18. Dramatiques Performance Troupe Narnia
  19. 19. Dramatiques Performance Troupe Narnia
  20. 20. Dramatiques Performance Troupe Narnia
  21. 21. Dramatiques Performance Troupe Narnia relocated to a larger venue
  22. 22. Dramatiques Performance Troupe Narnia relocated to a larger venue
  23. 23. Characteristics of SL Theatre <ul><li>Audience can decide what to look at. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Characteristics of SL Theatre <ul><li>Audience can decide what to look at. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Characteristics of SL Theatre <ul><li>Audience can view behind the stage. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Characteristics of SL Theatre <ul><li>Audience can view from the stage. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Characteristics of SL Theatre <ul><li>Audience can view from the wings. </li></ul>Backstage Chicago
  28. 28. Characteristics of SL Theatre <ul><li>Meet the cast after the show. </li></ul>The Nutcracker
  29. 29. Characteristics of SL Theatre <ul><li>Audience can decide what to look at. </li></ul><ul><li>Audience can see close ups. </li></ul><ul><li>No space is hidden from the audience. </li></ul><ul><li>The audience space can be invaded by the performers safely. No Health and Safety issues. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Characteristics of SL Theatre <ul><li>Current SL Theatre seems to be primarily trying to reproduce conventional theatre in SL. </li></ul><ul><li>Allows performers and audience from remote locations. </li></ul><ul><li>Elaborate scenery can be created and manipulated. </li></ul><ul><li>Very cheap to produce. </li></ul><ul><li>Still need cast and crew </li></ul>
  31. 31. Potential of SL Theatre <ul><li>We can create a space in which things can be done which are not possible in real life Theatre. </li></ul><ul><li>A new 3D space shared by performers and audience. </li></ul><ul><li>The audience can be safely involved in an interactive performance. </li></ul><ul><li>The audience can be the performers. </li></ul>
  32. 32. 1. A new 3D space shared by performers and audience. <ul><li>A new style of script in which the audience can see everything. </li></ul><ul><li>Need to be encouraged to notice what we want the audience to see. </li></ul><ul><li>Any shaped space can be used. </li></ul><ul><li>No bad sight lines. </li></ul>
  33. 33. 2. The audience can be safely involved in an interactive performance. <ul><li>The audience can be inside the scene among the performers - n o H & S issues </li></ul><ul><li>The audience can be set fire to, squashed, drowned, eaten – safely. </li></ul><ul><li>Each performance is different as each audience is different. </li></ul>
  34. 34. 3. The audience can be the performers. <ul><li>The audience avatars can be programmed to be animated and moved so can perform without rehearsal. </li></ul><ul><li>Rather than watching a performance the audience watches itself performing. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Potential of SL Theatre <ul><li>A new accessible 3D space of any shape requiring a new style of script. </li></ul><ul><li>Very low cost to perform as no actors needed for the performance in a virtual environment. (High production costs) </li></ul><ul><li>High level of audience involvement and immersion. </li></ul>
  36. 36. SL Theatre needs a name. <ul><li>E-Theatre already used. </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperformalism Theatre “not specific enough” (Dancoyote Antonelli – D C Spensley) </li></ul><ul><li>Email suggestions to: [email_address] </li></ul>
  37. 37. References. <ul><li>Dramatiques Performance Troupe </li></ul><ul><li>http://dramatiquestroupe.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Hyperformalism – Dancoyote Antonelli aka D C Spensley </li></ul><ul><li>http://spensley.com/hyperformalism/index1.html </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>www.secondlife.com </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life developments at London Metropolitan University </li></ul><ul><li>http://londonmetsl.blogspot.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Shakespeare Company </li></ul><ul><li>http://slshakespeare.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>Theatron – King’s College </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.kvl.cch.kcl.ac.uk/theatron.html </li></ul><ul><li>Alan Hudson </li></ul><ul><li>http://alanhudson.org/ </li></ul>

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