The intimated spectator: one to one encounters in BADco.’s Memories Are Made of This…

Hildebrandt, Antje (2013) The intimated spectator: one to one encounters in BADco.’s Memories Are Made of This…. Activate, 2 (2). ISSN .

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In this article, I seek to contextualise the work of Croatian collaborative performance collective BADco., specifically their performance Memories Are Made of This…Performance Notes (2006) which I witnessed at Chelsea Theatre (London) on 8 November 2008. By doing so I will perform an act of ‘double exposure’. Firstly, and perhaps on a meta-level, I will expose myself by describing a very personal experience of a performance that I felt intrigued, but also exposed by. Secondly, I will discuss the potentials of ‘inserting’ One to One encounters and their aftermaths into a formal theatrical framework by paying careful attention to the complex relationship between spectator and performer.

Writer and academic Rachel Zerihan has stated: ‘to feel an intimate interaction with ‘the performer’ can heighten the intensity of audience reception’ (2008: [my notes]). Within this proposed framework, I will consider concepts such as intimacy and exposure as possible effects that can develop from this relationship. Furthermore, I will explore the problematic dynamics and ethical implications that arise from an unusual performance situation. What happens when collective and singular spectatorship meet in one performance?

Keywords:BADco., performance, exposure, one-to-one performance
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W440 Theatre studies
Divisions:College of Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts > School of Fine & Performing Arts (Performing Arts)
ID Code:18902
Deposited On:06 Oct 2015 10:29

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