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IN PLACE OF A SHOW: WHAT HAPPENS INSIDE THEATRES WHEN NOTHING IS HAPPENING. Augusto Corrieri. Bloomsbury Academic, Bloomsbury Publishing, London, 2015. 176 pp. 21 x 13 cm. ISBN 9781474256728 In English.
This title is offered as a special-order item. Publisher's description: A compellingly written and accessible account of the Western theatre building, In Place of a Show focuses on four theatre buildings from around the world: theatres stripped of their primary purpose, lying empty, preserved as museums, or demolished. Through a playful combination of first-person narratives, scholarly research and visual documents, Augusto Corrieri investigates how to approach these spaces when the human element is no longer the primary focus of attention: what happens inside disused theatres? How do these buildings endure and transform through time? In short, what do theatres do? In Place of a Show imaginatively charts the animations of inanimate things, such as walls, curtains and seats, as well as the beguiling presence of more-than-human lives, whether animals, plants, or insects. Across four chapters we learn of the uncanny dismantling and reconstitution of a German Baroque auditorium during WW2; of the phantasmal remains of a demolished music hall in London's East End; of a Renaissance Italian theatre, fleetingly transformed into an aviary by the appearance of a swallow; and of a lavish opera house emerging from the Amazon rain forest.
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Worldwide Number: 169103
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