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The Body That Fits The Bill: Physical Capital and ‘Crises’ of the Body in Actor Training

Mitchell, Roanna (2015) The Body That Fits The Bill: Physical Capital and ‘Crises’ of the Body in Actor Training. About Performance, 15 (1). pp. 137-156. ISSN 1324-6089. (KAR id:70120)

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Drawing on case study research in Britain’s commercial performance industry and five UK drama schools, this article discusses the actor’s experience of their body as capital. It examines actors’ narratives of these experiences, and the links that they establish between the perception of the body as an object to be invested in, the employment process of typecasting, and the ongoing contemporary dominance of what Rancière calls the ‘representative regime of the arts’. By purposefully confining itself to a capitalist language of supply, demand and value, this discussion of the actor’s body emphasizes the reductive nature of such language, and finally proposes possibilities for a re-imagined employment approach that might be drawn from the craft of acting itself.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Acting; Body Image; Physical Capital; Casting; Typecasting
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NX Arts in general
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: 16 Nov 2018 09:22 UTC
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 11:02 UTC
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