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By Philip Auslander

From performing to Performance collects for the 1st time significant essays via functionality theorist and critic Philip Auslander. jointly those essays offer a survey of the adjustments in performing and function through the the most important transition from the ecstatic theatre of the Nineteen Sixties to the ironic postmodernism of the Eighties. Auslander examines functionality genres starting from theatre and dance to functionality paintings and stand-up comedy. In doing so he discusses a powerful line-up of practitioners together with Antonin Artaud, Jerzy Grotowski, Peter Brook, Willem Dafoe, the Wooster crew, Augusto Boal, Kate Bornstein, and Orlan. From performing to Performance is a needs to for all scholars and students drawn to modern theatre and function.

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When you’re doing a scene, you’ve gotta hit that little mark and if you don’t hit the mark it spoils the shot. And, somewhere, I respond to that.

The body is no more purely present to itself than is the mind and is therefore no more autonomous a foundation for communication than is verbal language. ” Pure physical expression of and by the body is impossible for a body which is differentiated within itself and not present to itself. The mind cannot communicate the body without being 36 “Just be your self” defined by “the rules of language as a system of differences,” and the body cannot express the mind without being defined by its own system of differences.

For example, Spalding [Gray] loves an audience. He really feels them out there. I don’t. It’s a totally internal thing. Even when [I] have a character, I’m always curious to see how I read, what people think I am, who I am, and then you lay the action on top of that so you’re confronting yourself in these circumstances. It’s Task and vision 43 open-ended. I’m not presenting anything; I’m feeling my way through. If you were acting something, if you were very conscious of acting a character, somewhere you would close it down, you’d present it.

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