Synopses & Reviews
When the grand plush theaters of the past become empty or abandoned,activities and events do not stop taking place, says Correiri, it is just that different entities and forms of agency than humans takecenter stage: other animals, insects, vegetal matter, swirls of dust, animations of the inanimate. He examines four theaters, askingwhat theaters do when their intended function--the presentation of performances--is no longer central or necessary. They theaters arethe Cuvilliés-Theater, a dismantled and reconstituted baroque opera house in Munich; Dalston Theatre in London, demolished as part of thecity's regeneration; Teatro Olimpico, a perfectly preserved Renaissance theater in the Italian city of Vicenza; and TeatroAmazonas, a century-old opera house in the north Brazilian city of Manaus.Annotation ©2016 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
In Place of a Show is a compelling account of Western theatre buildings in the 21st century: theatres stripped of their primary purpose, lying empty, preserved as museums, or demolished.
Playfully combining first-person narratives, scholarly research and visual documents, Augusto Corrieri explores the material and imaginative potentials of these places, charting interconnections between humans, birds, vegetation, and the beguiling animations of inanimate things, such as walls, curtains and seats.
Across four chapters we learn of the uncanny dismantling and reconstitution of a German Baroque auditorium during the Second World War; the phantasmal remains of a demolished music hall in London's East End; a Renaissance Italian theatre, fleetingly transformed into an aviary by the appearance of a swallow; and a lavish opera house emerging from the Amazon rainforest. In these pages we are invited to discover theatres as sites of anomalous encounters and surprising coincidences: places that might reveal the performative entanglement of human and nonhuman worlds.