Motion arrested : body politics and the struggle for a physical theatre

Gordon, G.E. (1994) Motion arrested : body politics and the struggle for a physical theatre. In: Inaugural Lecture delivered at Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa, 17 August 1994.




[From the text]: Physical theatre does have a political agenda but it is not to provide a counter argument in terms of the body/mind divide. It utilises this encompassing approach to argue for the legitimacy and potential of the body and to counteract the argument for the supremacy of the mind over the body. The body is mobilised as a source of power to question conventional views on race, gender, sexual stereotyping and sexuality. This new "physicality" should not be viewed as a negation of the word, the text or the rational, but should be seen rather as an integration of the physical with the vocal, mental and emotional resources of the performer.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords:modern dance; human body; social body; physical body; symbolism; physical theatre; movement; theatre; dance; marginalised
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P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1600 Drama > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The theatre
Divisions:Faculty > Faculty of Humanities > Drama
ID Code:1386
Deposited On:05 Jun 2009
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