Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Show Summary Details
More options …

Journal of Contemporary Drama in English

Editor-in-Chief: Middeke, Martin

Ed. by Berns, Ute / Wallace, Clare / Wald, Christina

Online
ISSN
2195-0164
See all formats and pricing
More options …

Watching, Attending, Sense-making: Spectatorship in Immersive Theatres

Josephine Machon
Published Online: 2016-05-12 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcde-2016-0004

Abstract

This article addresses the aesthetic, corporeal and intellectual dimensions of spectatorship in immersive theatre. Immersive work engages audiences at an experiential level and within environments that prompt multisensory engagement and explorative forms of audience participation. Immersive theatre makers, such as De La Guarda, dreamthinkspeak and Punchdrunk, have been making internationally recognised work throughout the 21st century. While audience interaction and participation has attracted a great deal of scholarly attention over the past few years, the significance of watching in immersive theatre remains elusive and merits further consideration. Drawing on Immersive Theatres (Machon, 2013) and referencing a full range of practice that is exemplary, this article describes and defines ‘immersive theatres’ in broad terms. Using Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man (2013) as illustration, it considers the types of experience to be had and the qualities of watching that result in such events. In turn it addresses the type of ‘sense’ individuals can make when they are spectators to their own interactions, attendant to their actions and reactions.

Keywords: embodied spectatorship; immersive; interaction; Punchdrunk; (syn)aesthetics; The Drowned Man

Works Cited

About the article

Published Online: 2016-05-12

Published in Print: 2016-05-01


Citation Information: Journal of Contemporary Drama in English, Volume 4, Issue 1, Pages 34–48, ISSN (Online) 2195-0164, ISSN (Print) 2195-0156, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcde-2016-0004.

Export Citation

© 2016 Walter de Gruyter GmbH, Berlin/Boston.Get Permission

Citing Articles

Here you can find all Crossref-listed publications in which this article is cited. If you would like to receive automatic email messages as soon as this article is cited in other publications, simply activate the “Citation Alert” on the top of this page.

[1]
Jocelyn Spence and Steve Benford
Multimodal Technologies and Interaction, 2018, Volume 2, Number 2, Page 15

Comments (0)

Please log in or register to comment.
Log in