Sign and Referent in the Work of Robert Wilson: Reconstituting the Human Form

Wilcox, Dean; Rennert, Hellmut Hal
January 2004
Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama & Theater: An American ;2004, p37
Book Chapter
An essay from the book "Essays on Twentieth-Century German Drama and Theater: An American Reception 1977-1999" is presented. It looks at the way Robert Wilson organizes a theater stage. Artificial landscapes are being created by Wilson that control the natural qualities of the human form and make use of the properties of the theater's synthetic elements. Artificial reality is created via repetition, juxtaposition of visual and oral elements and fragmentation, in combination with the use of words for their sound and rhythmic qualities. The re-coding of extract signs from the external world takes place within his synthetic environment.


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