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Students of the honors class “City and Performance” at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville created this web site during the spring semester 2010. The class was designed to study the relationship between performance sites and their urban contexts—using performance in the widest sense of any location that offers the potential for interaction between actor and spectators. The site’s aim is to explore how location and event govern forms of spectatorship and cultural participation. The students examined, first, how the city offers stages for social and cultural negotiation, and second, how a variety of performance venues--traditional theatres, cultural centers, parks, concert halls, memorial sites, industrial sites, hotel complexes, and museums--influence the shape of performance and perception of spectators. In preparation for creating the web site the class studied the critical vocabulary for reading the city as a text and a place of performance, examined selected historical examples of city development such as Rome, New York, Paris, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, theatre buildings, theatre districts, performance-oriented museums before applying their critical skills and historical knowledge to their own community, Knoxville. Klaus van den Berg Associate Professor of Theatre


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