Lecture | Doris Kolesch: Being Together/Alone. Temporal Communities in Hybrid Performances
The lecture focuses on how the corona-pandemic affected practices as well as understandings of theatre and performance audiences. Like in a magnifying glass, the pandemic did expose one central, yet unsolved question of audience research: how do dimensions of collectivity and individuality come and act together in the temporal community of a theatre audience? While theatre houses were closed and the theatrical art of assembly was in crisis, theatre-makers were highly innovative in addressing, in getting in contact, and in staying in touch with their audiences – especially – but not only – by using digital tools and Social Media in developing online and hybrid performances. The lecture analyzes the formation and constitution of digital theatre audiences, their repertoires of perception and action, and unfolds the complex entanglements of being together/alone in current figurations of audiences.
The lecture will be held via Zoom. For further information on registration, please see the event page at Harvard University.