No rehearsal is necessary: the politics of the guest performer in The man who flew into space from his apartment

Pinchbeck, Michael (2016) No rehearsal is necessary: the politics of the guest performer in The man who flew into space from his apartment. In: Expanded Practice and Curation as Creative Process, 26-27 February 2016, Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Abstract

I will explore the politics and the ethics of the guest performer in The man who flew into space from his apartment (2015) and other work that uses a guest performer e.g. Tim Crouch's An Oak Tree (2005), Nassim Soleimanpour’s White Rabbit, Red Rabbit. I propose that this enacts a dramaturgy of not knowing, a curating of the unknown. For this article, I explore the politics of the guest performer and how they become an inside eye or internal dramaturg in the process of making a performance. In doing so, I propose a new dramaturgical paradigm for the guest performer involved and reflect on the way practice as research is an inherently dramaturgical and curatorial process. The performance takes place in liminal space between composition and dissemination and sees dramaturgy as process and product. The text is the seed but it grows in different ways depending on how it is interpreted by the performer. It is germinated in
performance in front of an audience not the usual incubation in the rehearsal room. The piece explores the process of raveling the work from its own devising, of making something wide open and making something narrow, of opening and closing a weave. I relate the role of dramaturg to that of curator and argue that it is a catalysing role that enables intersubjective relation with a number of texts authorised by an audience.

Keywords:Curatorial Practice, Devising, Dramaturgy, Narrative, Practice as Research, Immersive theatre, Performance, Audience, Knowing, Authorship
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
W Creative Arts and Design > W400 Drama
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:24348
Deposited On:29 Sep 2016 15:28

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