What is Media Theater?
The word media (from the singular form of medium) means an "agent" or "method." It is used today to refer to devices or technologies that transmit and/or record information, such as language, printed matters, radio, television, or CDs/DVDs. In addition, it is also a word used to describe things such as movies and manga. Terms like mass media, digital media, network media, or social media, etc. have become familiar terms in today’s world. These are terms that mean "agent of communication." In art, the term media art has also been used in recent years to denote an expressive form tending toward technology actively.
These types of media derived from the original meaning of "agent" or "method" have now become a word with dynamic meanings that changes with the times and encompasses everything to do with information. Our Media Theater Program itself is named with the aim of seeking out new expressions and communications within stage art by incorporating this ever-changing and unique media with theater. By adding the word media to theater, our aim is to help people rediscover stage art as an attractive "communication media," to proactively bring in new, modern technologies and talents.
The potentials of theater as a medium
As long as "performance" is maintained at the core of stage art, there is no danger in straying from the fundamental purpose of art, which is the quest for perceptions, nor will such perceptions end up functioning on their own. Even if it were just a concert, the performance will bring about a comprehensive experience as a spatial art with physical expressions. In this sense, the nature and potentials of expression within theater will depend on the degree of freedom given to its multifaceted "perceptive functionality." Conventionally, the theater functions according to set specifications that govern how a piece of work is to be performed. The relationship between the theater and a performance piece is based on an inevitable mutual dependence and the nature of both is determined by the technologies or forms typical to the era, that is, the dynamics of the era as developed medium. The content of a performance is constantly constricted by style. Content exists always within form, and if content is restricted by the dynamics of form, then it goes without saying that one would desire to see the content being expressed in a befitting form or that new forms may be required in order to express a diversified content. Consequently, we are certain that we can bring about new possibilities for stage art by allowing the theater to freely develop and function as a medium that determines the ratio of perception and the senses.
Turning theater into a medium of cutting-edge art
Edward T. Hall once said that the various technologies and techniques were an extension of some sort of physical or psychological elements within human beings. In recent years, digital technology has greatly affected the way people perceive without the people realizing it. The development of the digital media is particularly prominent: not only has it made extant expressions and phenomena become easily perceivable as forms, it now makes creating new reality surpassing simple re-experience possible through changing and editing the profiles of senses within such forms in a dynamic way. In order to attract modern people who are familiar with such media on a daily basis, it is crucial that the theater be equipped with the functionality equal to today’s digital media or as a new medium that exceeds these digital media.
The MEDIA THEATER PROGRAM serves as a stepping-stone toward the realization of this and is the first new step forward. In order to create stage art that is more dynamic and attractive, and in order to ensure the theater can keep attracting people as cutting-edge art medium, HANDSON strives to work hand in hand with a diversity of artists.