It was interesting reading the Laterna Magika article and noting all the strategies they came up with to combine film with theatre: multiple screens, screens shaped differently from normal, being curved or angular, having actors on stage, having the actors interact with the juxtaposed images on stage or having the actors ignore the visuals’ presence… The list goes on. One thing that I cannot recall the article ever mentioning is how the audience was seated and where they were seated. For, just as much creativity that was put into the design of the performance’s visuals, an equal amount of attention could have been placed in seating arrangements and how one’s perspective affects one’s viewing experience. Perhaps, if you sat in one seat or on one half of the audience, you’d be able to notice one particular aspect of the performance better and therefore gain a new interpretation of its story. But this not only holds true visually. One’s aural experience could also be affected by one’s POV. What if two audiences saw the same performance, but with two different audio tracks? Somewhere in the article, I believe the author doubts that film and theatre can mix well (sorry, if I misinterpreted that part, but I couldn’t relocate it), but I don’t see why they can’t. I can imagine a perfectly functional world in which film audiences gain something valuable by viewing a film untraditionally— not in a big auditorium with stadium lighting and the lights off— but instead in a way in which an audience’s physical presence would affect narrative meaning. That world wouldn’t have anything to do with Hollywood, obviously, and therefore does not have a realistic future, but I could still imagine it and would enjoy its possibilities.