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Towards witnessed thirdness in actor training and performance

Kapadocha, Christina (2018) 'Towards witnessed thirdness in actor training and performance.' Theatre, Dance and Performance Training, 9 (2). pp. 203-216. ISSN 1944-3927

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Abstract

This article discusses the importance of understanding immersive, interactive and participatory performances as environments of potential witnessed thirdness between actors and spectators. It draws on the dynamic interconnection between my teaching experience as somatic movement educator at East 15 Acting School in London and my practice research on the modification of somatic practices into contemporary actor-training and performance contexts. Situating my practice in the lineage of modern somatically-informed and embodied actor-training pedagogies, I outline how we can revisit actor-spectator intercorporeal dynamics based upon principles of witnessing in the practice of Authentic Movement and Jessica Benjamin’s concept of thirdness. In the last part of this article, I consider practical examples in relation to the discussed witnessed thirdness integrating my classroom experience with material from my recent piece Monotime (Performing Architectures, Ugly Duck, London, 18-19.6.2016). The discussion ultimately suggests a methodological expansion of intercorporeal actor-training practices through the acknowledged third co-presence between diverse actor-witnesses and spectator-witnesses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: somatic witnessing; Authentic Movement; witnessed thirdness; actor-witness/spectator-witness
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > East 15 Acting School
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 25 Jan 2021 09:01
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:50
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22043

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