Tuesday, 16th November, 7.30pm
Swedenborg Hall, Bloomsbury, London | map
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By Dr Valerie Kaneko-Lucas
This presentation considers the relationship between sites associated with local history and the site-specific performances mapped upon them. It may be argued that, in these cases, the site itself is considered as 'authentic' and therefore occupies a privileged position as the source-text for theatre-makers. However, one may also consider how such performances are contested spaces which problematize this notion of authenticity. The relationship between the site and the theatre-maker is akin to that of parasite and host: the theatre-makers feed upon the site's histories, vision, and perceived social values. These elements are reconfigured by the theatre-maker into a 'reading' of the site which problematizes the status of such space as privileged and authentic. The illustrated talk will be looking at Degrees of Dusk (a performance engaged with historic buildings), Geraldine Pilgrim's Deep End, and the recent work of Punchdrunk and Shunt.
Dr. Valerie Kaneko-Lucas is Programme Director of Theatre and Performance Studies at Regent's College London, where she leads the Acting and Global Theatre BA. As a co-convener of the Scenography Working Group of International Federation for Theatre Research, she has led the research programme of the group since 2006, and most recently organised Scenography Stages the Nation, an international conference hosted by the Society for Theatre Research and Regent's College. Dr. Kaneko-Lucas works as a director, designer and writer, and her research encompasses scenography and transnational and hybrid performance.
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