Coriolan/us and the Limits of 'Immersive'

Type Chapter
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationReframing Immersive Theatre
Subtitle of host publicationThe Politics and Pragmatics of Participatory
EditorsJames Frieze
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages289 -302
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781137366047
ISBN (Print)9781137366030
DOI
Publication statusPublished - 2016
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Abstract

Filmer argues that the labels ‘immersive’ and ‘site-specific’ are unhelpful in describing what it is that works of theatre and performance do. Analysing National Theatre Wales’ 2012 production of Coriolan/us, directed by Mike Pearson and Mike Brookes, Filmer suggests that the real and meaningful differences between works variously labeled as ‘immersive’ or ‘site-specific’ exists in the nature of their critical and conceptual address to their location, to existing models of practice, and to differing dramaturgical logics. Filmer suggests that the concepts of location and orientation might help avoid the creation of ever expanding critical categories and instead focus us on articulating what it is these works generate and disclose and the specific means by which they do this.

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