Event Space : Theatre Architecture and the Historical Avant-Garde
As the symbolists, constructivists and surrealists of the historical avant-garde (1872-1947) began to abandon traditional theatre spaces and embrace the more contingent locations of the theatrical ‘event’, the built environment of a performance became not only part of the event, but an event in and of itself.
Event Space establishes this general theory of spatial performativity by drawing on the specific fields of both performance studies and architectural studies, and views the championing of nonrepresentational spaces over the built form through this lens of performative architecture.
The resistance of the avant garde to Realism and Naturalism and at the same time to the monumentality of architecture itself, was foregrounded by the significance of the ‘event’ to modernism’s revolutionary agenda. This book analyses a number of spatiotemporal models central to that revolution, that both illuminate the history of avant-garde performance and inspire contemporary approaches to performance space.