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Crossing Places and Affective Moments: Disclosing the Possibilities of Being There

Santos, Miguel T. (2023) Crossing Places and Affective Moments: Disclosing the Possibilities of Being There. In: TaPRA Annual Conference 2023. . (Unpublished) (KAR id:100008)

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This paper will use a phenomenological lens to explore audience experience in contemporary performance through an examination of two recent (and very different) productions – Romantika Theatre’s The Crossing Place (2017) and Ridiculusmus’ Beautiful People (2022). I will use these two productions as case-studies to explore the phenomenological experience of being there.

Building on extant Performance Studies scholarship that has worked over the past decades to situate spectators as co-creators of meaning, I will explore how audiences within these productions find themselves emerging out of the cracks and disorientations of theatrical spaces. This follows Hans-Thies Lehmann’s ground-breaking concept of postdramatic theatre as a form of performance which moves beyond the conceit of mimetic representation, organised by coherence, to a space where ‘spectators encounter the theatre as just that – theatre’ (Boyle et al. 2019: 2).

In this presentation I will explore the imbrication of the spectator relationship in terms of the openness of these two performance encounters. This will enable me to develop an understanding of contemporary theatre practice as a specific form of mediation in its dual sense: as both a procedure of affective operations and a process of continual re-creation.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Additional information: Presented as part of the Audience, Experience & Popular Practices Working Group
Uncontrolled keywords: Theatre Studies, Tranströmer
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The theatre
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of English
Funders: University of Kent (
Depositing User: Miguel Santos
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2023 15:45 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2023 12:15 UTC
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