Theater goes online: Telematic performance during COVID-19 lockdown in Turkey

Çamur, Damla (2022) Theater goes online: Telematic performance during COVID-19 lockdown in Turkey. [Thesis]

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The latest coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak forced theater venues across Turkey to shut their doors, just as it has been in the rest of the world. The closure of the physical venues suspended on-site theater activity all over the country, including rehearsals and public performances, yet brought a surge of new, or newly expanded, interest in telematic performances. With a specific focus on the COVID-19 pandemic in Turkey, this study considers the lockdown measures an eliciting factor that crystallizes the limitations and potentialities of telematic performances in recreating theater’s alleged conventions, namely liveness and co-presence. It seeks to understand how conventional understandings of liveness and co-presence is challenged by and is challenging telematic performances. To elaborate on the antagonism intrinsic to these two standpoints, a qualitative research design is implemented throughout the study. As the main qualitative approach, ten semi-structured, open-ended indepth interviews have been conducted with independent theater professionals. The first part of the analysis tries to understand challenges and benefits of telematic performance practice concerning liveness and co-presence on the part of theater professionals. Taking this analysis one step further, two locally produced telematic performance pieces, namely Murder of the Male by Nadir Sonmez and Walkthrough: Istanbul by tibia x fibula, have been selected and analyzed. The second part of the analysis tries to demonstrate how these two specific pieces generate a different kind of liveness and co-presence.
Item Type: Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: theater. -- telematic performance. -- liveness. -- co-presence. -- COVID-19. -- tiyatro. -- telematik performans. -- canlılık. -- biraradalık.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Academic programs > Cultural Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
Depositing User: Dila Günay
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2023 14:55
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2023 14:40

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