This practical, accessible and far-reaching guide to making site-specific theatre and performance emphasises the diversity of approaches to the practice, and explores key principles of space and site. Phil Smith draws on a wide range of interdisciplinary and international performance examples, and uses an innovative variety of exercises, to show students and aspiring performance-makers how to find a site and generate a performance beyond the theatre building.
Phil Smith is Associate Professor (Reader) at Plymouth University, UK. He is a performance-maker, writer and ambulatory researcher. He is a core member of Wrights & Sites and co-author of their `The Architect-Walker' (2018), and company dramaturg for Munich-based TNT Theatre. His previous publications include `Rethinking Mythogeography in Northfield, Minnesota' (2018, with photographer John Schott), `Anywhere' (2017), `Walking Stumbling Limping Falling' (2017, with poet Alyson Hallett), `A Footbook of Zombie Walking' and `Walking's New Movement' (2015), `On Walking' and `Enchanted Things' (2014), `Counter-Tourism: The Handbook' (2012) and `Mythogeography' (2010).
List of Illustrations.- Arriving: a fluid sort of prologue.- Part I: Finding a site.- 1. Why make Site-Specific Performance?.- 2. Drifting and quest: in search of sites.- 3. Journey performances.- 4. What is a site?.- Part II: Generating Performance.- 5. Visiting your site.- 6. Site Aesthetics.- 7. Personae, presences, characters.- Part III: Shaping A Production.- 8. Dramaturgy.- 9. Scenographies and Enchanted Objects.- 10. Communities, Audiences and Immersion.- 11. Technology.- 12. Site Etiquette.- Bibliography.