17 Jul Reimagining Light, Technology and Spectatorship in Contemporary Theatre – Critical Stages, June 2022: Issue 25
Light and technology are essential and integral parts of theatre, yet their significance is always perceived as mainly functional. By outlining the technological development of light in theatre and the underlying artistic, social, cultural and historical contexts, we examined the interrelationship between light technology and the aesthetics of theatre. Departing from reflections on technology and theatre aesthetics, integrated with both postdramatic theory and the theory of agential realism, we created an original light installation-performance for solo spectators. On revisiting the installation-performance, its creative concepts and technological details, we argue that the rethinking and the re-imagination of light through both technological and theoretical perspectives can reveal new dramaturgies of light and of the spectator in contemporary theatre.