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A Short History of Western Performance Space
by David Wiles
David Wiles considers theatrical activity "happening" in churches, streets, pubs and galleries, as well as in buildings explicitly designed to be "theaters," in this historical account. Surveying performance space usage within the traditions of Western Europe, Wiles traces a diverse set of continuities, from Greece and Rome to the present, including many areas not included ...more
Paperback, 328 pages
Published November 24th 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published October 2nd 2003)
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Wiles' scope of analysis beyond a rudimentary understanding of performance to envelop a narrative incorporating theater, urbanism, architecture, philosophy and history. His descriptions of public spaces in Paris, London and Venice have completely changed the way I look at these cities and their historical context. His analysis touches upon all the theater greats of the 20th century, from Brecht to Brook. His overlying conception of Greek and Roman roots in our public space makes a theory-heavy ...more