PSi Lexicon

interaction

interaction 
interactie 

The word interaction is, like many other words used in the West, originally Latin. Between is the English translation of the Latin Inter, and action refers to the Latin word actio, which means movement or action. Turning to its Latin translations, the definition of interaction can be explained quite well as a movement, action or influence that happens between persons or objects. Therefore, the synonym of interaction is interplay, an influence between two components. During an interplay or interaction the components are connected and through this connection they are influencing each other.

Communication and action are two essential elements of theatre. These elements are both based on interaction. The communication takes place in theatre with the audience, but also between performers and objects. These connections are based on interaction. So interaction makes connections arise, which makes communication possible. Also, an action arises through interaction because an action is based on interaction with space, persons, sounds, objects, light or the audience. In short, interaction makes action and communication possible in theatre.

Furthermore, theatre can be used as an interaction: this is what happens with interactive theatre. The difference between traditional theatre and interactive theatre is the fourth wall, which doesnt exist in interactive theatre. In interactive theatre theres direct contact with audience. While the fourth wall is retained in traditional theatre, so theres only interaction on the stage. Interactive theatre is based on interaction with the public.  This can be shaped in different forms. For example: community theatre or participatory theatre

Author and translator: Fenny Postma

 

interactie 
interaction
interactie [intǝr’aksi] (noun); interaction

Het woord interactie vindt, zoals veel Westerse woorden, zijn oorsprong in het Latijn. Tussen is de Nederlandse vertaling voor de Latijnse Inter en het woord  actie komt voor uit het Latijnse woord actio, wat beweging of handeling betekent.  Door middel van de Latijnse vertalingen  kan de definitie van het woord interactie goed worden toegelicht. Het is namelijk een beweging,  handeling of invloed die tussen personen of objecten plaatsvindt. Het synoniem voor interactie is daarom ook