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Fear and Desire 'Under The Big Sky': Brink Visual Theatre and the Post-Colonial Australian Landscape

Makeham, Paul B. (2001) Fear and Desire 'Under The Big Sky': Brink Visual Theatre and the Post-Colonial Australian Landscape. In Maufort, Marc & Bellarsi, Franca (Eds.) Siting the Other: Re-visions of Marginality in Australian and English-Canadian Drama. P.I.E.-Peter Lang, New York, pp. 141-154.

Abstract

A key site in the struggle for national identity in Australia has been theatre and performance, where colonialist ideology and post-colonial critique have evolved alongside one another, generating highly productive tensions. Some of these tensions have recently been explored in the work of Brink, the Brisbane-based Visual Theatre company whose aesthetic engagement with post-colonialism and the Australian landscape draws fascinatingly upon the contemporary influences of physical theatre, digital technology and site-specific performance. Through reference to Brink’s outdoor production 'Under The Big Sky' (1997), it will be shown that the tenuous nature of white occupation suggested in their work is counterpointed by a subtly asserted acknowledgment of Aboriginal ways of seeing.

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ID Code: 5379
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details : p.makeham@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: Visual Theatre, Brisbane, landscape, post, colonial, Australian theatre
ISBN: 9052019347
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: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 P.I.E.-Peter Lang
Deposited On: 10 Apr 2007
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2009 17:14

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