• Being Political in German Theatre and Performance: Anna Langhoff and Christoph Schingensief 

      Varney, Denise
      Published 2008-06-16
      Anna Langhoff and Christoph Schlingensief are two contemporary theatre makers who sit at opposite ends of the dramatic/postdramatic theatre divide. In that both artists see themselves as critics of western neoliberalism, ...
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    • 'Bodily': Conjunction and Fermentation 

      Needham, Tessa
      Published 2008-06-16
      'This cult of thinness has burrowed its way into my body. Into our bodies. It’s a way of life. The head knows we shouldn’t, but the heart has no choice . . . This is our contradiction'. This paper looks at the “before, ...
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    • The Performance of War Images 

      Broinowski, Adam
      Published 2008-06-16
      This paper addresses the use of the body in post-9/11 performances of Japanese performance company Gekidan Kaitaisha in correlation with the continuing War on Terror campaign, and the ‘culture of protest’ in theatrical ...
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    • Necklace Theory 

      Durban, Kim
      Published 2008-06-16
      In this paper I will describe the stages involved in preparing the performance season of my major project for my Master of Dramatic Art (Direction). The key issues I raise are: the set-up of the research environment; ...
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    • "Unassumable Responsibility": Watching Mike Parr 

      Burvill, Tom
      Published 2008-06-16
      This ‘paper’ is a short personal piece of writing—an interior monologue really—about “being there” at Mike Parr’s "Punch Holes in the Body Politic" at Artspace in Sydney. I wrote this initially at the time and have added ...
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    • Up and Down Diotima's Staircase: Space and Metaphysics in Symbolist and Expressionist Theatre 

      Monaghan, Paul
      Published 2008-06-17
      The Staircase is particularly resonant as a meeting place of metaphysics and theatrical practice. In this paper I use the framework provided by ‘Diotima’s staircase’ – a concept from Plato’s Symposium – to examine the ...
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    • 'More Than Common Tall': Measuring up to the 'Real' Rosalind in Australia 

      Flaherty, Kate
      Published 2008-06-17
      There is no record of performance history for 'As You Like It' prior to the eighteenth century. Nevertheless, critical reviews of contemporary productions trade persistently in the notion of a 'real' Rosalind by whose ...
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    • Coaches as Phenomenologists: Para-Ethnographic Work in Sport 

      Downey, Greg
      Published 2008-06-17
      If performance studies is to explore sports from the perspective of athletes, coaches form a potential pool of allies as they are engaged in their own ‘para-ethnographic’ studies of athletes’ performance. This paper examines ...
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    • The Redfern Riots: Performing the Politics of Space 

      Newman-Storen, Renee
      Published 2008-06-17
      This paper approaches the 2004 Redfern ‘riots’ a performance event that is both indicative of, and constituted through, specific socio-historical formations. Central to the discussion are issues relating to the intersection ...
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    • 'The Presence of Design': The Sets and Costumes are There, too 

      Heckenberg, Miranda
      Published 2008-06-17
      We tend to focus on the actor and the audience when we think of being there. However, the design (the space, imagery, costumes and style) dictates the conditions in which the actors and audience engage. This paper will ...
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    • Stage Directions and Spatial Mapping on the Elizabethan Stage 

      Fitzpatrick, Tim
      Published 2008-06-17
      This paper will discuss initial work that points to a degree of directionality in some Elizabethan stage directions: they are not merely telling the actors to enter and exit the stage, but may in addition be indicating ...
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    • Repositioning the Interface for Cross-Cultural Reception of Indigenous Australian Theatre 

      Casey, Maryrose
      Published 2008-06-17
      Representations and practices of identity on the street and on the stage are always marked and read on many levels within the tension between self claimed concepts and understandings of identity and imposed external concepts ...
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    • The New Woman in the New World: Ibsen in Australia 1889-1891 

      Hoare, Eileen
      Published 2008-06-17
      In 1889, when Janet Achurch brought 'A Doll’s House' by Henrik Ibsen to Australian and New Zealand audiences for the first time, there was an expectation that this play would send shock waves throughout the Antipodes as ...
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    • A Practice of Faith: Actors and Rehearsal (A Tragedy in One Act) 

      Moore, Paul; Rossmanith, Kate
      Published 2008-06-17
      An Australian actor completes actor training, leaves drama school, and accepts low-skilled, casual employment while he begins auditioning for performance roles. Finally he lands a role in a theatre production. What does ...
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    • Performing Confessions: Making Sense Afterwards of Field Immersion 

      Rossmanith, Kate
      Published 2008-06-17
      “You have to create a fiction about yourself to make sense to people. I never lied; but I had to tell a story.” Joanne Good, a 42-year-old anthropology postgraduate, spent seven years in a rural Indonesian village conducting ...
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    • ‘Post-Dramatic’ Stress: Negotiating vulnerability for performance 

      Seton, Mark
      Published 2008-06-17
      The greatest accolade given to actors is that of bravery rather than technical competency. We admire actors who ‘lose themselves’ in a role or who ‘expose’ themselves through their vulnerable portrayals. Yet at what cost? ...
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    • During and Enduring: Forced Entertainment's 'Bloody Mess' and the Manipulation of Time in Performance 

      Hadley, Bree
      Published 2008-06-17
      Time is the medium that brings act, actor and audience together in the fleeting moment of performance, and the timebound interaction of bodies here, now, together is believed by Blau, Phelan and others to be a basic ...
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    • La Boite Theatre 1925-2003: Before, During and After its Transformational Journey from Amateur to Professional Status 

      Comans, Christine
      Published 2008-06-17
      La Boite Theatre, the oldest theatre company in Brisbane and the second oldest in Australia, has not only survived for over eighty years in an unbroken line of theatrical activity but has successfully negotiated the difficult ...
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    • Meta-Performativity: Being in Shakespeare’s Moment 

      Kennedy, Flloyd
      Published 2008-06-17
      In the dramatic performance of text, linguistic performativity is inherent within the utterances provided by the playwright for the character, to be used as if they were in normal use in the world of the play. The actor, ...
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    • New Audiences' Reception of Plays: Before, During and After 

      Scollen, Rebecca
      Published 2008-06-17
      This paper provides insight into the reception of non-theatregoers to a selection of plays performed in Queensland and the Northern Territory in 2004 and 2005. This data was collected and analysed as part of a three-year ...
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