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Text Exposed: Displayed texts as players onstage in contemporary theatre

Juers-Munby, Karen (2010) Text Exposed: Displayed texts as players onstage in contemporary theatre. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 30 (1). pp. 101-114. ISSN 1468-2761

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Abstract

This article explores dramaturgical functions of visibly displayed text in contemporary postdramatic theatre. By analysing a variety of performance examples – from seminal performances, by the Wooster Group and Forced Entertainment, to very recent performances, by companies like Proto-type Theatre, Apocryphal Theatre and The Strange Names Collective – it identifies functions such as the opening up of gaps between source material and performance/performer and the use of text as a ‘player’ in live improvisation and as an acknowledged prompter for performativity. It proposes that exposed textuality is often used to reflect on the intensely mediatised state of our lives. Furthermore, it revisits an earlier debate about the subversion of presence by exposed writing (with reference to Elinor Fuchs) and proposes that it is more accurate to speak of a mutual infiltration of speech by writing and writing by speech/performance. Finally, it suggests that the openly exhibited tension between text and performer can be mobilized for a political aesthetic, creating spaces to expose culturally dominant ‘scripts’.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Studies in Theatre and Performance
Uncontrolled Keywords: Postdramatic theatre ; text and performance ; performance writing ; reading in performance ; presence in performance
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts
ID Code: 54183
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 17 May 2012 13:33
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2012 20:22
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/54183

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