Tian Chen


Questioning and challenging the ocularcentrismthat dominated traditional dramatic theatre, reconciling the tension between the visual and the auditory and other senses, and attempting to reconstruct a perceptual system with a holistic approach—these wereimportant orientations of avant-garde theatre in the twentieth century. In the context of the aural turn, sound design has become an independent department of the theatre, and its function shifted from providing technical support for decorative sound effects to exploring the performativityof sound itself, especially with an emphasis on non-semantic sound. Noise, silence and chorus in contemporary Western theatre not only demonstrate the rapidly changing sound environment of contemporary society in terms of density and complexity, but also make theatre a place for reflecting on the forms of human perception.


contemporary theatre, noise, silence, chorus, soundscape

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