Acting with Technology: Rehearsing for Mixed-Media Live Performances

Louise Barkhuus, Chiara Rossitto

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Digital technologies provide theater with new possibilities for combining traditional stage-based performances with interactive artifacts, for streaming remote parallel performances and for other device facilitated audience interaction. Compared to traditional theater, mixed-media performances require a different type of engagement from the actors and rehearsing is challenging, as it can be impossible to rehearse with all the functional technology and interaction. Here, we report experiences from a case study of two mixed-media performances; we studied the rehearsal practices of two actors who were performing in two different plays. We describe how the actors practiced presence during rehearsal in a play where they would be geographically remote, and we describe the challenges of rehearsing with several remote and interactive elements. Our study informs the broader aims of interactive and mixed media performances through addressing critical factors of implementing technology into rehearsal practices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems : CHI '16
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Publication dateMay 2016
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-3362-7
Publication statusPublished - May 2016
EventACM CHI 2016: #chi4good - San Jose, United States
Duration: 7 May 201612 May 2016


ConferenceACM CHI 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Internet address
SeriesACM Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI)


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