Play Is the Pleasure of Being the Cause. On the Comparability of Scenic Sequences within the Playing Culture.

Kotte, Andreas; Morris, Gay (2014). Play Is the Pleasure of Being the Cause. On the Comparability of Scenic Sequences within the Playing Culture. In: Cremona, Vicki Ann; Hoogland, Rikard; Sauter, Willmar (eds.) Playing Culture. Conventions and Extensions of Performance. Themes in Theatre: Vol. 8 (pp. 39-61). Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi

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Within the playing culture, the field in which scenic sequences have led to cultural events for thousands of years must be described. We can not only comparatively explain which forms of theatre have emerged and are still emerging (WHAT), but also the character of the actions that led to and are leading to them; the types of acting and the methods of staging. (HOW). So this article offers one systematic possibility to describe the way from everyday life to theatrical events by the help of game theory of Johan Huizinga. He differentiates between the consequences of actions and the emphasis of those actions. He defines more complex forms of play as “a contest for something or a representation of something”. This definition can be used for a diagram that shows the field of scenic sequences. The value of the coordinate system lies – in contradiction to some performance theories – in its realistic boundaries: absolute play, image and death. For this reason, the coordinate system is a theoretical tool that can be used to compare scenic sequences in historical and contemporary situations. This will be done in a “field experiment” that tries to display how both phenomena of life processes and of theatre forms can be differentiated within a playing culture. At the end the article shows how scenic sequences can be transformed into medial sequences and how medial sequences can be completely digitally manufactured. In both cases the face-to-face situation disappears.

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Book Section (Book Chapter)


06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Art and Cultural Studies > Institute of Theater Studies

UniBE Contributor:

Kotte, Andreas Hans


700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment
700 Arts




Themes in Theatre






Andreas Hans Kotte

Date Deposited:

26 Feb 2019 14:50

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09 Jul 2021 10:49


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