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EntangledTechnology and the Transformation of Performance$
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Chris Salter

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262195881

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262195881.001.0001

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Space 1: Scene/Machine (1876–1933)

Space 1: Scene/Machine (1876–1933)

(p.1) 1 Space 1: Scene/Machine (1876–1933)

Chris Salter

The MIT Press

This chapter demonstrates the machine-age influence on the practice of creating theatrical and architectural space. In it, the author takes up the example of composer Richard Wagner’s “Festspielhaus” on the world premiere of Wagner’s colossal fifteen-hour opera Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung)of the music-theater work. The chapter discusses Wagner’s production of stage technology, which was used to create a lot of control over the perceptual experience of the audience. Further, it discusses in detail the machine transformation of scenography in the pre-World War II era. In the chapter the author selects the Italian and Russian Futurists, Bauhaus, the Russian Constructivists, Weimar Germany, the Swiss and French Schools of Dada, and the works of Antonin Artaud as examples.

Keywords:   machine-age influence, theatrical space, stage technology, scenography, Wagner

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