Intermediality in Theatre
Intermediality is a modern concept, newly know in France, it’s a key for understanding our works. Of course, this reflection was already there in previous works of Samuel Sené but it is here fully incarnated in C-Ω-N-T-α-C-T. Here, pluridisciplinarity opens the mind to all interactions between media in one single play – and how assembling those media produces singular meaning.
When one hears the sounds of the show, while living the experience and watching at the actors’ performance, the meaning(s) is(are) produced mostly by the convergence of all these elements combined together.
The original French team used research on the notion of “in between” by Kati Röttger and Jean-Marc Larrue
English language research on this subject is available in articles such as
Intermediality in Theatre and Performance: Definitions, Perceptions and Medial Relationships
By CHIEL KATTENBELT
“1. Media changes and co-relations between media are important tendencies in the development of the arts since the beginning of the twentieth century. These are usually associated with the blurring and crossing boundaries between media; with the hybridization of media utterances; with intertextual relationships between media; with intermedial relationships between media; and with an increasing self-reference and self-reflection of the arts as media.
- Media changes and co-relations between media have resulted in new forms of representation; new dramaturgical strategies; new principles of structuring and staging words, images and sounds; new ways of positioning performing bodies in time and space; of creating time-space relationships; of developing new modes of perception; and of generating new cultural, social and psychological meanings.
- Technological innovations have played and are still playing a prominent part in the development of arts and media and in the interaction between all modern and postmodern media.
- The historical avant-garde created the necessary conditions under which media change and co-relations between media could develop as important features of modern and post-modern art, in particular as far as it is related to the exchangeability of expressive means and aesthetic conventions between media, and to the playful staging of signs from which modern and post-modern arts derive”