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TV-theatre: problems on poetics and aesthetic interaction

Author: Alexandru Bohanţov
Degree:doctor of history and Theory of Arts, Cultorology
Speciality: 17.00.01 - Audio-visual Arts (with specification: Theatrical Art; Musical Art; Cinematography, TV and other form of Audio-Visual Arts)
Scientific adviser: Dumitru Olărescu
doctor, associate professor (docent), Institute of Cultural Heritage of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova
Institution: Institute of History of Art of the ASM


The thesis was presented on the 10 March, 2005
Approved by NCAA on the 21 April, 2005


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theatre, film, television, TV-theatre, teleplay, TV-report, TV-documentary, serial, poetics, communication, interaction, theatricalization, discourse, meta-discourse, structure, compozition, scenario, performance, audiovizual representation, talk-show, reality show, "point of view", time-space, reception, actor, spectator, public, rating, typology


This paper is concerned to the study of the ideological and aesthetic interrelations and artistic synthesis of the theatre and TV, that gave birth to the phenomenon of the TV theatre art, analyzed by the author in diachronic aspect, after he determined the aesthetic limits of every genre. Choosing some examples to be analyzed, the author shows the space and time relations of the TV performances, making accent on their difference if to compare with those ones in the cinema art (direct transmission and addressing to the public intern/extern during the realization of the concept of interactive program). The author also offers the typology of TV performances and the poetics of "point of view" for their analysis.

Using the notion of theatricalization for TV message, the author extends the sphere of analyzing, showing that a great part of scenic art methods has successfully penetrated into the nonfiction programs, including news and competitive ones, as well as publicity. During 1990s there has been noticed transition to a new model of TV-theatre. The old notion of TV-theatre has disappeared, but a new formula of the audiovisual performance, with professional actors taking part in, is approaching to the TV-film stylistics. Now a pure theatrical aspect of the audiovisual art can be revealed in the programs made on the frontier of the notions of fiction and non-fiction, in the TV messages live. The types of meta-theatrical discourse there have become more various.

There has also appeared a new formula, named by the author as meta-television ("School of Gossip" at "Culture" TV Channel). Analyzing a number of TV-performances/TV-films, made in different communication and socio-cultural space (Moldova, Russia, Romania, Italy etc.), the author demonstrates, that appearance of valuable works depends on some completely new elements united in them, as well as using the more refined possibilities of television technique.

Another important trend of TV-theatre is connected with assimilation of scenic Universe while using a documentary on culture. In this way the meta-discourse has more functions (analytical, informative, estimative), acquiring personal accents to the program and making it a kind of so valuable today the author's TV.