Unstable acts : a practitioner's case study of the poetics of postdramatic theatre and intermediality

Fenton, David Raymond (2007) Unstable acts : a practitioner's case study of the poetics of postdramatic theatre and intermediality. PhD thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


This practice-led research enquiry examines the form and experience of postdramatic theatre and intermediality. Through three practice-led enquiry cycles, the performance, Unstable Acts, was created. The study was designed to introduce the practitioner to a new process of practice within a postmodern aesthetic and to investigate the theory and practice of intermedial performance. Accordingly, Unstable Acts generated moments of praxis concerning postdramatic theatre and intermediality. By analysing this praxis an increasingly complex understanding of de-representational performance, the liminal experience, percipience, reflection and intermediality in postdramatic theatre was developed.

In responding to Unstable Acts, the study proposes a working model for the poetics of postdramatic theatre which places intermediality as a formal recurrence of the postdramatic form. The model also proposes that the postdramaturgical strategy of de-representational performance is a central stylistic quality of postdramatic form, and that the liminal experience is central to the postdramatic theatre experience. Connecting de-representation and liminality through queer theory, the model contends that reflection is an important aspect of both the form and experience of postdramatic theatre.

In so doing, the study provides a clearer understanding for theorists and practitioners of the poetics of postdramatic theatre and the position of intermediality in postdramatic practice.

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ID Code: 16527
Item Type: QUT Thesis (PhD)
Supervisor: Haseman, Bradley & Trow, Zane
Keywords: anxiety, conceptual, contemporary, cyborg, de-representation, digital, form, hybridity, identity, impotentiality, intermediality, interpretation, juxtaposition, liminality, mediatised, mediatized, mimesis, open, percipience, performance, practice-led, postdramatic, postdramaturgy, potentiality, queer, reflection, representation, theatre, virtual
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Department: Faculty of Creative Industries
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Copyright Owner: Copyright David Raymond Fenton
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2008 04:05
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2013 01:21

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