Breaking the Fifth Wall: Enquiry into Contemporary Shadow Theatre

Kent, Lynne (2005) Breaking the Fifth Wall: Enquiry into Contemporary Shadow Theatre. Masters by Research by Creative Works, Queensland University of Technology.


Practising Shadow Theatre in the West today means to subvert the predominantly negative view of shadow in the Western psyche, to transcend the faintly racist notion of shadow theatre as the quaint practice of traditional people of the East and to contend with the dominant influences of the electronic media on this once powerful and popular art form.

This research is through creative practice in the form of the production, Cactus. This performance investigates the use of the screen in contemporary Shadow Theatre and the optimisation of the live theatrical experience. The performance also seeks to integrate mediatized and non-mediatized performance through the combination of live performance and projected images.

My research is a social constructivist process to creative practice as research using a pluralistic approach including elements of action research and autobiography. The literature included for review in this study includes work by Brook, Grotowski, Auslander, Sontag, and Schechner. The literature analysis and previous training with Italian company, Teatro Gioco Vita, served to inform the application of my theories as praxis.

The central question of this research project is:

How can I break the fifth wall (which is the screen) in shadow theatre performance?

Subsidiary questions are:

How can we harness the advantages of both mediatized and non-mediatized performance to produce a contemporary shadow theatre form catering to the needs of a twenty-first century audience?

How can I optimize the live theatrical experience?

What is contemporary Shadow Theatre?

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ID Code: 16147
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research by Creative Works)
Supervisor: Makeham, Paul
Keywords: Shadow Theatre, puppetry, electronic media, screen, performance, live performance, cinema, lighting technology, mediatized and non-mediatized performance, performance as research, creative practice, Western genre
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright Lynne Kent
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 03:57
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 14:40

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