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For A New Theatre: "Electric-Vibrating-Luminous"
The Electric-Vibrating-Luminous Theatre will express what the new form of art proposes to do. This theatre will translate and simplify previous concepts of art. In this theatre, the message will be understood and perceived by everyone. The artist will convey its message through light, aesthetics, and vibrations. The stage is dark and the backdrop contains groups of electric lamps varying in color and tone. The theatre is completely electric conveying its message in shapes of light and color.
For a New Theatre: "Electric-Vibrating-Luminous"
Brief, elementary hints and a small practical example of Electric-Vibrating-Luminous Theatre will serve to give to youth a concept of what the new form of art wishes to be and what it proposes to do.
It does not wish to throw away completely the other innovating schools, but it searches only to translate and simplify, in coloured and luminous vibrations, concepts of art that have already been treated by other techniques (theatre-music-painting-poetry-etc.).
Not all men, in fact, have their own sensitivity equitably distributed in the five senses, so that they indifferently perceive a work of art that the artist created according to his own ability. For example, since not all men completely perceive a dramatic-auditory action with characters on stage, the Electric-Vibrating-Luminous Theatre translates the same dramatic conception, with its equivalent emotional power, in such a way that the deaf can also perceive the different cerebral vibrations that gave rise to the dramatic concept.
However, one must deduce from this that the Electric-Vibrating-Luminous Theatre is only the primary formula of a work of art, the synthetic-symptomatic and aesthetic exposition of a pure work, free from frivolous technical means of expression.
But, since there is no art if there is no creation, and the Electric-Vibrating-Luminous Theatre wishes to be art it later will be able to attain a superior state of technical proficiency, to create dramas, musical symphonies, symbolic dances, etc., for this new form of ultradynamic art. This new art form, if well felt by the artist, will offer him a new way to express his own sensibility and his own thoughts, by means of luminous, aesthetic, and clear vibrations.
The stage looks like an enormous dark chamber of a camera, that is to say, a floor, backdrop, ceiling, and lateral faces of black planes (of board or velvet) hermetically welded together.
The backcloth, which constitutes the scenery and which we shall call "sensitive darkness," is formed from myriads of electric lamps of every colour and tonality. The studied distribution of colours and the studied distribution of electrical currents comprise the subject and treatment of the work. Behind the backcloth an electrical cylinder switch works, which, acting like a phonograph cylinder, lights up now one, now another, zone of the sensitive darkness.
It is well to bear in mind that the Electric Theatre, being eminently dynamic and based on colour and movement, does not allow its luminous vibrations to be geometric expressions like triangles, squares, trapezoids, etc., etc. Instead, they are light-points, nebulas, straight segments, curves, parabolas, hyperbolas, helicoids, ellipses, ellipsoids, spirals, circles, concentrics, eccentrics, ovals, etc.
To summarise with a brief example, we condense the third act of The Life of Man by Leonid Andreyev. To be precise, the "ball".
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