The ballad of Isoceles : artist's pages

Matthews, AE 2017, 'The ballad of Isoceles : artist's pages' , Performance Research . (In Press)

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Abstract

In this article, which takes the Performance Research-specific form of ‘artist’s pages’, I explore the use of multiple levels of proximity within a single performance event. The Ballad of Isosceles is a performance for two people at a time that explores envy as a performance affect, mobilising René Girard's (1996) ideas around triangular desire. While the performer in The Ballad of Isosceles interacts directly with the two audience members, playing their attentions off each other, a shadow audience of 'witnesses' observe this play out from a distance. Through a combination of critical writing, script and photographic documentation, this output explores how witnessing another audience member's proximity to a performer might mobilise affect in audience members. In its published form, it also explores how these affective moments in participatory performance might be restaged on the page.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Journal or Publication Title: Performance Research
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1352-8165
Funders: Vice Chancellor's Early Career Research Scholarship at University of Salford
Depositing User: Dr Alison E Matthews
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2017 08:06
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2017 12:18
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/42770

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