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Digital Theatrograph: Cinematographic Puppetry

Leite, L.

Digital Theatrograph: Cinematographic Puppetry, Proc International Workshop on Multimedia Alternate Realities Luis Miguel Barbosa da Costa Leite ALTMM, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Vol. 1, pp. 3 - 8, October, 2016.

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1145/2983298.2983303


Digital Theatrograph is a hybrid media performance supported by a cinematic theatrical object. We call this device the Cinetroscope - a miniaturized live interactive studio for theatrical performances. This object was developed in response to a multidisciplinary challenge of adapting the literary work "Peregrinação" into an augmented paper theatre. Fusing the theatrical performance with the cinematic techniques we found a novel puppetry genre that we entitled "live cinematic-puppetry". This genre incorporates the improvisation and spontaneity that characterizes the puppet theater, as well the narrative structure of cinematography supported by its visual techniques. In this paper we present the concepts associated with this performative object, as well as the description of our methodology. The feasibility of this technological platform was partially demonstrated through several successfully performances.