Re-membering the real
Experiential challenges to the medium of theatrical representation
in Acts and apparitions
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This chapter explores an alternative mode of poststructuralist resistance which seeks to reconfigure contemporary notions of reality, rather than merely highlighting the simulated nature of all representations of the real. It examines specific performance models that attempt to circumvent the mediation process inherent in the representational practice, in their rejection of a theatrical framework that 'stages meaning' and thus mediates between its material and its watching audience. The chapter argues that Jean Baudrillard's later writings, contrary to popular opinion, do offer us a distinction between two different orders of the real; the real as mediated representation as distinct from the real as directly experienced. It analyses the ideological implications of performance models that would seek to evade the limitations of theatrical representation by offering their participants a more direct and experiential access to a reconfigured reality.

Acts and apparitions

Discourses on the real in performance practice and theory, 1990–2010


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