Readings: Visit to a Small Planet + The Empty Space
These first readings were a great introduction to theatre as a form of art where space, performer and also the viewer are the essential pieces. Theater is an experience that can move us through different worlds and emotional states, so it is important to understand how to work with the various elements involved in its conception. Eleanor Fuchs focuses specifically in the creation of the world of the play, its dynamics and behavior, while Peter Brook writes about the aspects to have in mind when approaching to theater both as a viewer and as an artist. His final thoughts refer to a type of theater that uses simplicity to achieve magic.
After both readings, I think that one of the most important factors to capture the viewer’s attention is context, understanding the things that affect them culturally and emotionally. By constructing a specific world, environment and style, we can make an audience feel connected and immersed into a theater piece in different ways. I feel this is the reason why many classic plays are constantly reinvented or reimagined when performed by different companies as time goes by. Most of these pieces are successful because they talk about universal stories and characters, but when setting them on scene to start constructing the empty space, it is important to make connections between the story and the current social and cultural context. By that way we can create a personal view of how to make its world come to life, merging for a short period of time with the inner world of the viewers.