– While not ‘naïve‘ in design, nor indicative of a ‘poor theatre‘, still it could be argued that recent works by Natasha Tsakos exemplify an emerging Popular Theatre genre. Brechtian methods intermingle with Artaudian measures: The artist intends to inform and solicit witnesses having erstwhile devised sensoral dramas.
– Though the physical theatre approach to performing is evident, prioritizing embodied characters and choreographic expressiveness over portrayal of the mundane, both a gestural mimesis and the occasion of direct address frequently recalls a more confrontational style of performance art. All the same, the fourth wall breaches moreso resemble a cinematic alienation technique in the most contemporary of ways. This exchange takes place not between performers and audience members but is, instead, an engagement mediated by spectacle.
– Tsakos’ work attempts a fluid interdisciplinarity, that then resonates as both episodic and a total art piece, with scenes within scenes transitioning between vignettes. Environmental support for audience absorption, and the characters inter-relating with the scenography, nonetheless provide for an ethereal venture into an other-worldliness. Surrealism juxtapositions abstract expressionism, and is what renders her characters’ escapades, blurring distinction between the latter’s fantasies and our mutual world references.
– Though not immersive the projections hint at a mise-en-scène that articulates personae and generates anthropomorphic objects, with which she performs, as well as comprising sets furnished with digital props. Operatic narrative – re-mixed media appropriation – 3D animation – and intermedia performance art combined involve monologues and speach acts, allegory and symbolism, metaphorical representativeness, and audio-visual pastiche as storytelling cohorts.
– These collaborations are credited so as to reference a conceptual designer, in the conventional role of Director, with no less emphasis upon stagings in the presentational approach. The designer-composer-writer-performer also both negotiates with and facilitates technological interactivity. These works represent one approach to new media implementation, that carries a particularly familiar new aesthetic onto stages, while both expressing and drawing attention to critical issues of the day.
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