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Contemporary theatre and the experiential

Adams, KR 2010, 'Contemporary theatre and the experiential' , The International Journal of the Arts in Society, 5 . (In Press)

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      Abstract

      In the context of the blurring of boundaries between club and theatre, game and theatre, and party and theatre, experiential spectatorship is spilling into the mainstream. This article starts from the recognition of the rapid rise of the experience economy as a turning point in consumer culture towards a specific appeal to the sensory body. The definition of experience in this analysis is key and a distinction is made between experience as it passes moment by moment, erlebnis, and experience as something that is cumulatively built up over time, erfahrung. This paper asks, in a society defined by the crisis of experience, does this rise of the experiential in theatre simply reflect the reduction of experience to a series of consumable sensory moments or is there a mode of experience modelled through performance interaction which moves both beyond this established mode of experience and also beyond the notion of experience as cumulatively formed wisdom (erfahrung)? Drawing a parallel between established popular cultural practices of the body and those of the spectator in spectacular promenade performance, Fuerzabruta is used as an illustrative example of popular experiential performance and Hwang’s The Road as an example of experiential performance in which a transformative aesthetic is made possible.

      Item Type: Article
      Themes: Subjects / Themes > B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
      Subjects / Themes > G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
      Subjects / Themes > N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
      Subjects outside of the University Themes
      Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for English Literature and Language
      Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
      Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
      Journal or Publication Title: The International Journal of the Arts in Society
      Publisher: Common Gound Publishing
      Refereed: Yes
      ISSN: 1833-1866
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      Depositing User: Dr Kate Adams
      Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2010 10:23
      Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 17:37
      URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/11450

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