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Immersive Worlds: an exploration of how performers facilitate the Three Worlds in Immersive Performance

Hogarth, SE, Bramley, E and Howson-Griffiths, TR (2018) Immersive Worlds: an exploration of how performers facilitate the Three Worlds in Immersive Performance. Theatre, Dance and Performance Training. ISSN 1944-3919 (Accepted)

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Abstract

This research will consider the notion that the immersive performance event consists of Three Worlds-The Fictional, Now and Imaginary and how an understanding of the qualities of these three worlds, in particular the Now and the Imaginary, are instrumental to a performer’s training in creating immersive theatre. To do this, the research draws upon facilitation techniques from applied drama, mapping some of the fundamental skills required from a performer making immersive theatre, that has yet to be articulated by the field. It argues that the use of core facilitation skills such as rapport, listening, reading micro gestures and effective questioning, can be used by the performer to effectively manage the demands of the Now and Imaginary worlds. To illustrate this, the paper examines a creative training day with recent graduate drama students from Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and students from the Community Drama degree at Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA), as well as drawing upon the authors’ collective experience of creating and performing in immersive theatre. A key insight from the training day was for student/performers to gain an understanding into the audience member's experiences in immersive performance and how this consideration impacts on the performer's practice. The findings are significant for companies, directors, and performers interested in utilizing immersive theatre to inform the creation of immersive work.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Divisions: Liverpool Screen School
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Date Deposited: 01 Jun 2018 10:17
Last Modified: 01 Jun 2018 10:18
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8755

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