Interactive performances as a means of social dialogue
Chiara Rossitto, Stockholm University
Digital technologies provide theater with new possibilities for combining traditional stage-based performances with interactive artifacts, for streaming remote parallel performances and for other device facilitated audience interaction. Compared to traditional theater, mixed-media performances require a different type of engagement both from the actors and the audience members. In this talk, I will draw on past and current work to discuss different qualities of audience participation in interactive performances, and the challenges actors’ experience when rehearsing for interacting performances. The work relevance lies in: i) the opportunity to explore interactive performances as means of social dialogue and civic participation; ii) the challenges emerging when technology is designed to convey felt-experiences and not merely to meet functional requirements.