“Space is an abstract term for a complex set of ideas.”
As a scenographer, I frame and shape spaces. Understanding the qualities and limitations of a space is one of the most important abilities for this task. When the performance space was a stage, inside a theatre building, it only mattered what was on that given place, nothing else was taken into consideration by the audience. Now theatre has invaded new spaces, and claimed them as performance spaces. This shift has brought with it a lot of new possibilities. This study is my attempt to understand what the consequences of conquering these new spaces might be.
In the last few decades, theater practices have undergone extreme changes. In my view, this is due to an increasing awareness of the relationship established between performance space and audience. From this, a distinct way of thinking theatre has emerged: the Immersive Performance. The stage became a shared space between audience and performer. The stage became more than merely a beautiful composition and the participants found themselves able to experiment with it. Space took on the role of performer and in some cases, remained as the only performer – it became theatre with no actors, installation art or else, it became immaterial in Virtual Performances. It also affected the role the audience plays: they moved from spectators to active participants, and finally, to co-authors of a piece.