During and enduring : forced entertainment's bloody mess and the phenomenon of time in performance

Hadley, Bree J. (2008) During and enduring : forced entertainment's bloody mess and the phenomenon of time in performance. In Maxwell, Ian (Ed.) Being There: After-Proceedings of the 2006 Conference of the Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, University of Sydney, University of Sydney, pp. 1-10.

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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 ontological characteristic of performance. In this paper, I investigate the ways in which a performance’s treatment of time is tied to its aesthetic and political impact. After a brief analysis of philosophical and performative approaches to time, I examine the experience produced by performances that do something strange to time – repeat, stretch, shrink, fracture and reframe a series of acts in time, prising performers and spectators out of the standard progression of things. I focus on Forced Entertainment’s manipulation of time in Bloody Mess, a piece in which different trajectories of thought and action from the ten performers proliferate, mutate and collide, perpetually deferring the coherent personal, social and political narratives they desire.

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ID Code: 17742
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this article can be freely accessed online (see hypertext link).
Published in the proceeding "Being there : before, during and after"
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Keywords: Forced Entertainment, 'Bloody Mess', Time in performance
ISSN: 978-1-74210-012-8
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Past > Schools > Drama
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 12 Feb 2009 23:52
Last Modified: 27 Feb 2015 00:11

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