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Who the hell Are You? On Othering and Performance
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Culture and Aesthetics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7012-2543#sthash.UvyvRvTD.dpuf
2017 (English)Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Performance, as Diana Taylor writes, is a wide-ranging and difficult practice to define and holds many, at times conflicting, meanings and possibilities. Within frameworks of its own structures, conventions, and styles, performance includes the possibility of creativity, critique, and change. This raises the towering question of how to perform, and indeed, who is performing and who is left out. As Roland Barthes states, “the theatre alone, of all the figurative arts (cinema, painting) presents the bodies and not their representation” (1995:83).

The point of departure of this key-note lecture is that it matters who is performing. It is in the recognition of the Other’s needs that politics begins. If performance enables us to share the feelings and experiences of Others, solidarity becomes a principle attribute of that empathy and gives the audience the feeling of standing in the shoes of Others. “Without address, there is no survival,” as Judith Butler has stated. Being addressed means that a finely crafted performance has the potential of being in tune with audiences, evoking empathy and solidarity, and making people feel closer to their actual lives.

 

 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keyword [en]
Performance, othering, democracy, gender, queer, racism
National Category
Performing Art Studies
Research subject
Theatre Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-149221OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-149221DiVA: diva2:1159144
Conference
Performing Otherness conference, Platform of European Theatre Academies, Helsinki, Finland, November 16-17, 2017
Available from: 2017-11-21 Created: 2017-11-21 Last updated: 2017-11-27Bibliographically approved

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