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THE BUILDERS ASSOCIATION: PERFORMANCE AND MEDIA IN CONTEMPORARY THEATER. Shannon Jackson and Marianne Weems. MIT Press, Cambridge, 2015. 454 pp. with 165 ills. (109 col.). 21 x 26 cm. LC 2015-1169 ISBN 9780262029292 In English.
Publisher's description: The Builders Association, an award-winning intermedia performance company founded in 1994, develops its work in extended collaborations with artists and designers, working through performance, video, architecture, sound, and text to integrate live performance with other media. Its work is not only cross-media but cross-genre--fiction and nonfiction, unorthodox retellings of classic tales and multimedia stagings of contemporary events. This book offers a generously illustrated history and critical appraisal of The Builders Association, written by Shannon Jackson, a leading theater scholar, and Marianne Weems, the founder and artistic director of the company. It also includes critical meditations from such artists and scholars as Elizabeth Diller, Pico Iyer, Saskia Sassen, Kate Valk, and many others. Technological wizardry in the theater has a long history, going back to the deus ex machina of ancient Greek drama. The Builders Association makes its technological dependence visible, putting backstage technologies center stage and presenting architectural assemblies of screens and bodies.
Indexing: Western — United States — Post-1990 — Video/Film/Performance — Theater Arts
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 168112
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