The architectural correspondence of space and speech in tragedy

Ariadni Vozani
2003
The main motive for undertaking this thesis was the exploration of the special relation between space and word, a relation which has recently concerned architectural theory from various aspects. However it was for us important to explore this relation inside the framework of a special system, a system which allows the production of 'real' three dimensional space; drama. Our choice to deal with classical drama was based in its attributeof producing organised space in co-existence and
more » ... nce and interdependence with articulated speech. It was for us significant that we are not dealing with an internal imaginary space but with a space which is generated and materialised during performance on stage. This thesis's claim that its analysis takes its bearings from aspects of architectural theory requires clarification since it may set up in the mind of a reader from classical studies that the object of the thesisis purely architectural or relates to the physical fabric of the theatre. This is emphatically not the case. The aspect of architectural theory which we are concerned with, concerns the evolution of the analysis of space and spatial relationships. This type of analysis, which gradually achieved an almost autonomous field by the end of the twentieth century, is one which is not so much concerned with the physical or geometrical relations of space but of the experience of space as it is synthesised in the subject. In the first of our chapters we deal with those different readings attempting a critical presentation of the existing scholarship. Obviously it is the performance and all the conventions which govern it that fully define the space of drama. It is the 'event' (of architectural theories) - as this is realised through the characters of drama that make space exist. That space cannot be equated or reduced to the space of the theatre building. It was through this perspective that in the second chapter of our thesis we were concerned to identify the role and action of the main 'subjects' (or the main participants, [...]
doi:10.21954/ou.ro.0000d492 fatcat:i5yxuuoj2zc7jpv2ijnpnmbr3q