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date: 21 March 2019

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Immersive events have evolved the idea and the practice of audience into spontaneous-decision-making improvisers within the work. In concept, content and form, immersive work relies on its audience for intuitive interaction. An immediate, sensory relationship in the experience of work embraces the play between choreographed and improvised moments. The sensual immersion in each piece enables audience members to retrace the immediacy and intimacy of these moments in any subsequent embodied recall of the work. This chapter analyses audience as improviser in immersive practice with close consideration of the work of Lundahl & Seitl. It touches on how immersive performance might position the audience member as practitioner, and the ways the audience-participant in immersive performance could contribute to practice-as-research. In so doing it offers an approach to audience appreciation as embodied philosophy, performance theory that evolves from improvisatory practice.

Keywords: audience, being, haptic, imagination, immersive, Lundahl & Seitl

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