Petra Maria Meyer
The chapter focuses philosophically on theatre as one of the acoustic spaces for staging in which sound design acquires an ever higher status in an advanced technical intermedia interplay. Theatre-dramaturgy is transformed into intermedial dramaturgy. The author notes a fundamental “acoustic turn” in theatre, which locates compositional processes within new audiovisual interplays. “ICH2 Intermedial Dance Performance for Planetaria” (2005–2006)—a cutting-edge hybrid form of theatre using advanced digital technologies—is discussed. The performance combines expressive body movements, 360° interactive motion graphics, and sound. In this way “ICH²” is a unique piece of the emerging genre called digital theatre, in which technology enables alterable and immersive stage settings and a new acoustic space. The author explores Merleau Ponty’s conception of embodiment, Lacan’s conception of the “imaginary turn,” and aesthetic innovations in the domain of scenography, thus reflecting historical, theoretical, aesthetical, and practical aspects.