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How useful is the Pavis Questionnaire in facilitating analysis Patrice Pavis devised his questionnaire as a tool to deconstruct performance into its component parts to give focus for close analysis It takes the form of questions on the most part divided into more specific subsections about artistic and technical decisions and the performances relationship to text The questionnaire itself is broad in its scope in that every production system is included By including the seemingly obvious eg where does the performance take place It allows the analysist to find signs and meaning in otherwise overlooked or forgotten aspects of the performance Tropicana is an unusual performance with little dialogue and even less story line yet it created very strong reactions amongst the audience As two questions 910 are directly linked to text and storyline- this may impact on the questionnaires effectiveness as may the inclusion of only one question about the performance as a whole as the impact of Tropicana is based around the bombardment of the audiences senses The Shunt theatre company are site-specific artists and whilst the questionnaire is detailed in its reference to staging it asks just one question about the venue 11a which is of course central to all other aspects of analysis Question 2 b and d are closely related to Tropicanas impact Particularly in the first half there were no distinctions between acting and audience space nor on or off stage As we entered the first area a small seemingly exit-less room containing a member of what appeared to be railway staff a great sense of confusion was created by immediately being trapped within in the acting space This was then contrasted during the interval when essentially the entire vault became audience space we were free to wonder through designed set sections and explore the props The technical staff were not hidden during the section performed in the vaults indeed we were led past the control desk which
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