Liveness and Documentation: Theory

‘Live is premised on the absence of recording and the defining fact of the recorded is the absence of the live’ (S. Wurtzler, 1992:89)

“Theatre companies are forever seeking to extend their audience reach and profile, but how do they turn this vicious cycle into a virtuous one? […] The trouble, however, is that though they may be offering the same performance, it is not the same experience that audiences are getting. In essence, the cinema or TV experience lacks liveness. The audience outside the theatre is not sharing the same air as the performers – and crucially, they simply cannot complete the circuit of communication between stage and audience in a way that one can so directly affect the other.” (M.Shenton, 2011)



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