Eric Salzman and Thomas Desi

in The New Music Theater

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9780195099362
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199864737 | DOI:

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This chapter considers the question of what constitutes a theater, and discusses time and space. It illustrates specific types of spatial arrangements for performers and audiences. Further discussion involves theater outside of conventional theaters including participatory theater, notions of “landscape” and “textscape”, movement in space, musical space, and the influence of new music-theater ideas in the opera.

Keywords: time and space; participatory theater; landscape; textscape; movement in space; musical space; music-theater; opera

Chapter.  3654 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Opera

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