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12-10-2019 3:45 PM

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12-10-2019 5:00 PM

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Unlike literature or plastic arts, theatre and performance are artistic forms that demand embodiment. In a recent Latin American Theater class, we introduced students to important 20th century Latin American theatrical texts and performance art in order to consider thematic and aesthetic components relating to issues such as nation-building, violence, language, identity, gender, sexuality, immigration, and memory. Further, we considered how the works we read have been performed, and how we might stage them ourselves, concluding with staging scenes in order to bring together our theoretical studies with embodied practice and enable students to engage corporeally with works that are oriented toward spectator/participant presence. Lacking a physical space, materials, skills, and time to build actual theater sets, we turned to virtual reality as a viable set design alternative. In this interactive presentation, we will discuss how we created our VR sets and used them in class.

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Elaine Langone Center, Center Room

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Oct 12th, 3:45 PM Oct 12th, 5:00 PM

Virtual Black Boxes: Building Theater Sets in Virtual Reality

Elaine Langone Center, Center Room

Unlike literature or plastic arts, theatre and performance are artistic forms that demand embodiment. In a recent Latin American Theater class, we introduced students to important 20th century Latin American theatrical texts and performance art in order to consider thematic and aesthetic components relating to issues such as nation-building, violence, language, identity, gender, sexuality, immigration, and memory. Further, we considered how the works we read have been performed, and how we might stage them ourselves, concluding with staging scenes in order to bring together our theoretical studies with embodied practice and enable students to engage corporeally with works that are oriented toward spectator/participant presence. Lacking a physical space, materials, skills, and time to build actual theater sets, we turned to virtual reality as a viable set design alternative. In this interactive presentation, we will discuss how we created our VR sets and used them in class.