Media formats of post-drama theater

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The article is devoted to the study of the question of the existence of post-dramatic performances in the modern media environment, in particular, the media formats of site-specific performances are studied. The purpose of this study is to identify the mechanisms of interactivity, performativity and immersiveness in the media formats of post-drama theater. The article raises the question regarding the meaning of the “media format” concept used in media studies in its connection with theatrical practices. The basic components of the concept of “media format” are the technical characteristics and focus on the target public. The chosen methodology allows us to characterize the technical capabilities of modern media formats for creating the effects of performativity, interactivity and immersiveness. The empirical basis of the research is the podcast “The Theater of Everyday Life. Site-Specific Performances for Everyday Places and Routes” in the mobile application “Yandex Music” and performances in the application “Mobile Art Theater”. The article draws conclusions concerning the influence of technical and verbal means of interaction used in mobile applications and in VR performances on the emergence of the effects of performativity and immersiveness in the minds of the audience. It is pointed out that the mechanics of the performances under consideration are connected with the concepts of A. Artaud and H.-T. Lehman, in particular, draw a conclusion about the role of the audience in such performances.

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Tatyana V. Boldyreva

Samara State University of Social Sciences and Education

Author for correspondence.
ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3914-5966

Candidate of Philology, Assistant Professor of the Department of Journalism

Russian Federation, 65/67, M. Gorky street, Samara, 443099, Russian Federation


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