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Imagining O, Encountering India: Recounting an embodied experience

Mitchell, Roanna, Pakula, Pablo (2012) Imagining O, Encountering India: Recounting an embodied experience. Studies in South Asian Film & Media, 4 (2). pp. 179-188. ISSN 1756-4921. (doi:10.1386/safm.4.2.179_1) (KAR id:64923)

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In February 2012, Richard Schechner’s performance-installation Imagining O travelled from its original place of creation in Canterbury (UK) to the International Theatre Festival of Kerala in Thrissur (India). Imagining O is an immersive and participatory experience that brings together voices of Shakespeare’s women and Pauline Reage’s classic French erotic novel The Story of O. This performance report explores the encounter of a primarily European company with the bodies/gazes of an Indian audience, and their role as spectators in shaping the living organism of the performance. Taking a dialogic structure, it exists in the space between two authors’ voices and experiences — Roanna Mitchell as movement director, Dr Pablo Pakula as performer – mirroring the production’s decentred nature and its refusal of an objective standpoint.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1386/safm.4.2.179_1
Uncontrolled keywords: Richard Schechner, Imagining O, Immersive, Participatory, Performance, Theatre, Kerala, Movement Director, Roanna Mitchell, Pablo Pakula
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The theatre
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Roanna Mitchell
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2017 23:23 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:24 UTC
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