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Hotel Methusaleh

Brooks, Pete, Imitating the Dog Theatre Company (2006) Hotel Methusaleh. [Performance]

Type of Research: Performance
Creators: Brooks, Pete
Group or Collective Creators: Imitating the Dog Theatre Company

Hotel Methuselah is a multimedia performance work combining live action and mediated images.

My principle research focus is on the performance of fictions. The research explores the way narrative fiction works scenographically, how the stage space can be `written' - sonically, visually and physically. The work involves new experiment in the possibilities of stage narrative placed in the context of contemporary performance. It extends, through performance practice, theoretical work by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick on the phenomenological psychologist Sylvan Tomkins, with particular attention to the body, feeling and emotion within a developed theory of the mind.

Hotel Methuselah is an experiment in which new form and new forms of technology opens up hidden possibilities of older theatrical forms. It continues a direction in my recent work exploring the possibilities of new media in creating new kinds of narrative structures. It seeks to explore a multimedia landscape within which emotionally engaging narratives are structured to deconstruct traditional narrative form while retaining it as the primary compositional strategy. This research reinvestigates naturalism in the context of a post-modern Scenography.

Additional Information (Publicly available):

Peter Brooks

Research Interests

Contemporary Performance Design and Practice
The relationship between Design and Dramaturgy.
Post Dramatic Dramaturgies
Current Research
My current Research is practice based, and focuses on developing and understanding the dramaturgical opportunities offered by the use of new media (in particular digital film) within live performance.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: 13 October 2006
Funders: Arts Council, England,
Related Websites: http://www.imitatingthedog.co.uk
Event Location: Nuffield Theatre Lancaster, National and International tour
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
'Festival of New Tendencies in European Theatre, Comedie National de Saint Etienne2006UNSPECIFIED
West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds2006UNSPECIFIED
Reminiscence Festival, Krakow, PolandUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2009 14:05
Last Modified: 25 Apr 2018 13:45
Item ID: 1196
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1196

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