This year, a team of students from the Punjab University emerged as the Theatron
champions and bagged the grand prize of Rs100,000.
The objective of Theatron
was to encourage students to come forward and show their skills and talents on a platform.
True to its etymology (theatron
or "a place for viewing"), the theatre has "represented" the facts of who we are and what we say, or as Oscar Wilde would have it, the most immediate way in which one may share with another "the sense of what it is to be a human being." Relevant here in modern times is Michel de Certeau's affirmation that each version of the past is but "a projection of the present in the past." From out of the recorded past into the present on stage comes a projection, sometimes in the form of a premonition but more often an admonition, that is made graphically to the audience.
According to the sociologist Robert Nisbet (1976), it is revealing that the word theoria comes from the same Greek root as the word theatron
. Many other words have meanings that encompass these two worlds, which to the Greeks complement each other: theorema can be contemplation, but also spectacle and object of study; theoros is the person who consults the oracle; theorein is to look closely or to speculate.
The winners of the 2014 competition are (clockwise) Team Urban Stage, Laval University (Honor Award), Team Performative Landscape, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Honor Award), Team Skene + Theatron
, Yale University (Honor Award), and Team Vision Architects, Laval University (Merit Award).
Theater as the performance venue--the only meaning of theater in the sixteenth century in accordance with the etymology of theatron
, from the Greek verb theaomai, to watch or see--is conjured up in the text; the audience is reminded of the importance of the act of hearing and seeing in a specially delineated space, both mental and material: the liminary sonnet penned by the author's brother features a polyptoton on the verb to see ("voir") opening each stanza: "Whoever will want to see," "Herein you shall see," "In short, one shall see [...]" (Jacques de la Taille 3).
She examined the ways in which the "viewing place" of the theatron
becomes a "thinking place" in plays such as David Hare's Stuff Happens (2004) and The Vertical Hour (2006) as well as Lucy Pebble's Enron (2009) and Joe Penhall's Blue/Orange (2000).
Der Begriff Theater entstammt dem griechischen Wort "theatron
" = Schaustatte, "theasthai" = anschauen.
The city staged and funded the tragedies, forming a public institution of the theatron
, a place for seeing (theorein).