A Web-Oriented Multi-layer Model to Interact with Theatrical Performances

This paper presents an innovative approach to online fruition

of theater performances. Web applications like traditional viewers are

already available for the wide audience of Internet users. Our proposal

aims at adding both interactivity and multi-layer fruition, and a way

to manipulate and create new media. The premise to reach these goals

is digitizing a number of heterogeneous materials in order to describe a

single performance comprehensively, e.g. different video and audio-takes

from different perspectives, and a number of related materials such as

scripts, fashion plates, playbills, etc. The format we adopt to encode

such information is based on the XML international standard known

as IEEE 1599. Finally, an advanced Web player supporting search and

play functions for synchronized materials must be designed. This work

describes the whole process, from the acquisition of materials directly on

the stage to their publishing on a Web portal.