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Performing the Body in Irish Theatre
     

Performing the Body in Irish Theatre

by Bernadette Sweeney
 

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Performing the Body in Irish Theatre reads recent Irish theatre history through the discipline of performance studies, re-imagining Irish theatre history by considering stagings of the body in canonical works. The five plays and their productions analysed closely here are each significant in terms of the performance idiom and the placing of the body. Bernadette

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Performing the Body in Irish Theatre reads recent Irish theatre history through the discipline of performance studies, re-imagining Irish theatre history by considering stagings of the body in canonical works. The five plays and their productions analysed closely here are each significant in terms of the performance idiom and the placing of the body. Bernadette Sweeney focuses on the liveness of the bodies of the actors and on the performance context, using gender and postcolonial studies to set the context of each production. Productions analysed include the high-profile (Dancing at Lughnasa), the influential (The Great Hunger) and the hidden (The Saxon Shore). The book also considers contemporary stagings of the body in Irish theatre, including dance theatre and interdisciplinary work.

About the Author:
Bernadette Sweeney lectures in Drama and Theatre Studies at University College Cork, Republic of Ireland. She is a graduate of the School of Drama, Trinity College Dublin

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'This book is at the forefront of the emerging field of Irish Performance Studies. While Sweeney offers original readings of some well known and several lesser known texts (such as Friel's Dancing at Lughnasa , Tom MacIntyre's The Great Hunger , David Rudkin's The Saxon Shore and Marina Carr's Low in the Dark ), she emphasizes the complex interweaving of text and performance in the emergence of new Irish theatre practices. She combines detailed analysis of texts and productions with a broad framework of twentieth- and twenty-first-century Irish theatre. Performing the Body in Irish Theatre re-visions Irish theatre history in its insistence on theatre as an embodied practice, whether in the work of W.B. Yeats or in the choreography of Michael Keegan Dolan.' - Anna McMullan, Chair in Drama, Queen's University Belfast, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780230265165
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
02/14/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
907 KB

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