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ArgumentNo. 5/2013

Theatre in the urban space. Tendencies of the theater representation at the beginning of a new century


The main idea pursued and demonstrated by this survey is the perpetual necessity to redefine the theatre performances and theatre spaces, as to achieve the proliferation of this kind of art in the future. The current tendency of permanent shaping the architecture of the theatre buildings for maintaining and increasing public interest, requires thorough study of the past, the factors which have caused dramatic changes in both the interpretation and the configuration of the acting scenes, for outlining potential evolution options of theatre buildings. As a consequence of the general trends today we are witnessing shifts of philosophical attitudes such as the idea of the continuing change, the study of the border areas, relative truths of a new attitude in terms of values ​​(acceptance of values ​​coming from different cultures, re-discussion of human needs) and returning the attention towards the people, the beneficiaries and the ones who use the design of the theatre spaces. The architecture tends to solve the issues of the communities and collectivities by accepting the cultural differences and tastes and amplifying the importance of the human emotions and perceptions.

There is already a large number of outstanding achievements in the spectacle field that amaze by boldness, performance and the way they respond to functional requirements as well as aesthetic;

I have selected some examples from an extensive bibliography, in which the theatre representation conquer the urban space and some examples are presented and analyzed in the work at hand.

An extremely wide range of choices is feasible, making the spectators believe that, in the future, other courses of action will be possible.

Key words: theatre performances, urban public space, ephemeral facilities and structures.


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