A Short History of Western Performance Space
This innovative book provides a historical account of performance space within the theatrical traditions of western Europe. David Wiles takes a broad-based view of theatrical activity as something that occurs in churches, streets, pubs and galleries as much as in buildings explicitly designed to be 'theatres'. He traces a diverse set of continuities from Greece and Rome to the present, including many areas that do not figure in standard accounts of theatre history.
What people are saying - Write a review
Other editions - View all
actors aesthetic allowed altar architecture artist Athens audience auditorium Augustus banquet baroque black box body Brook building Cambridge University Press celebrated centre century ceremony Christ Christian church circle circular circus classical comedy create culture dancing defined Dionysus drama Edward Gordon Craig Elizabethan empty space English environment festival Forum frame gallery Globe Goetheanum Greek grotesque body hall human Ibid ideal Lefebvre London marketplace medieval medieval theatre microcosm modern modernist monumental music-hall orchestra Oxford University Press painting Paris performance space perspectival Peter Brook Piazza San Marco Plato's Plautus play playhouse political Pompey procession processional proscenium public space relationship renaissance ritual Roman theatre Rome Royal Rudolf Steiner sacred space scene seats sense Shakespeare's social soul spatial spectators stage statue street symbolic temple theatre a I'italienne Theatre of Marcellus theatrical tradition tragedy urban Vitruvian Vitruvius wall whilst white cube