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dc.contributor.advisor Gough, Richard Gauci, Aldith 2011-07-20T12:53:58Z 2011-07-20T12:53:58Z 2011-03
dc.description.abstract The dissertation discusses the occurrences and implications of an exhausted body and its encounters with its witnesses. The phenomenon is studied as a specific performance presence that can be located across cultures and centuries. The study proposes that the impact of such a body lies within a central paradox: virtuosity and disappearance. Through this paradox, the exhausted body becomes a vehicle for transformation for the performer and witness. The destructive qualities inherent in a body in extreme tension, in pain, or on the verge of death are seen as tools with which the body becomes a channel for new experiences. New life emerges from the seemingly exhausted vehicle. This idea is discussed by using case-studies from different practices around the world; from the ancient rituals of Sarpam Thullal in India to the more contemporary practices of Performance Art by artists such as Orlan and Marina Abramovic. The aesthetic and cultural theory made use of in this dissertation range across cultures; from Japanese aesthetic theory to Catholic ideology to Eugenio Barba’s cross-cultural study of the extra-daily body. The purpose of this study is not to analyse the cultural or historical roots of the performance presence of the exhausted body. Instead, it seeks to shed light on this body as a specific presence that is deliberately put into action in performance. The first three chapters: The exhausted body as an act of resistance, its relationship with the community, and its ability for transformation, discusses the different components in the encounter between the exhausted body and its witnesses. Chapter Five brings these three perspectives together by looking at the exhausted body as an action that feeds creation through its act of disappearance. en_UK
dc.language.iso en en_UK
dc.publisher Aberystwyth University en_UK
dc.subject political confrontation en_UK
dc.subject Liminality and Transformation en_UK
dc.title The Exhausted Body in Performance en_UK
dc.type Text en
dc.publisher.department Theatre, Film and Television Studies en_UK
dc.type.qualificationlevel taught masters en_UK
dc.type.qualificationname MA en_UK
dc.type.publicationtype thesis or dissertation en

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