chapter  13
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6 axioms for environmental theatre: axiom three: Richard Schechner

ByRICHARD SCHECHNER

Environment can be understood in two different ways. First, there is what one can do with and in a space; secondly, there is the acceptance of a given space. In the first case, one creates an environment by transforming a space; in the second case, one negotiates with an environment, engaging in a scenic dialogue with a space. In the created environment the performance in some sense engineers the arrangement and behavior of the spectators; in a negotiated environment a more fluid situation leads sometimes to the performance being controlled by the spectators.