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Engaging Spaces

Sites of Performance, Interaction, and Reflection

All performances—whether music, theater, visual arts, or even street protests or games—share this in common: they happen somewhere, within a space. This anthology explores the complicated relationship between performance and the space in which it is hosted. Examining both well-known spaces—such as concert halls or stages—as well as unconventional ones—such as the street—the contributors investigate different conceptions of space, how space is experienced, how different spaces are unique from one another, and, ultimately, the ways space enables the performing arts to so deeply engage audiences. 

428 pages | 47 color plates, 22 halftones | 8 3/8 x 8 5/8 | © 2015


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Table of Contents

Introduction: Engaging Spaces
Erik Kristiansen

What is Space?
Eugenio Barba, director of Odin Teatret, Holstebro, Denmark
By Erik Kristiansen

Part I Performance
1. Re-thinking the Classical Concert Performance: Investigating Conventions of the Classical Concert and Exploring Performance Potentials through Concert Design
Astrid Van-Pedersen

2. Dispersing: A Physical Place and a Discursive Space
Anja Mølle Lindelof

3. Salò: A Sublime Experience. Analyzing Interactive Performances, Focusing on the Aesthetic Dimension
Lisbeth Thorlacius

From Museum of Art & Design to Design Museum
Anne-Louise Sommer, director of Designmuseum Danmark
By Olav Harsløf

On Opera Design
Kasper Holten, Director of Opera, Royal Opera House, London
By Astrid Vang-Pedersen

Part II Interaction
4. Game Spaces: On Liminality and the Magic Circle of Games
Erik Kristiansen

5. Experience: Under the Influence of Things
Connie Svabo and Sara Malou Strandvad

6. Performance Potential at One Complex, Specific Site: About the Multi-Armed Octopus of Interpretation
Bjørn Laursen

The Site-Specific Bus of Reality
Ingolf Gabold, former head of Danish Radio Fiction (“DR fiction”), Copenhagen, Denmark
By Bjørn Laursen

Space, Design, and the Audiences as Beast
Dorita Hannah, performance designer and Professor of Spatial Design in the Department of Interdisciplinary Architecture, Arts & Design, University of Tasmania, Australia
By Anja Mølle Lindelof

Part III Reflection
7. Space as Provocation
Olav Harsløf

8. Self-Creation and Performance Spaces
Henriette Christrup

9. Aesthetic Performativity in Urban Design and Art 
Kristine Samson 

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