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Diagetics in drama: Space and locating a performance of Twelfth Night

De Reuck, J. (2011) Diagetics in drama: Space and locating a performance of Twelfth Night. IM: Interactive Media (7).

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Abstract

“New Historical” approaches have allowed for the reinvention of Shakespearean productions in a variety of adaptive processes that operate in many instances "against the grain". The politics of performance has never been more visible than in many recent productions both in Australia and internationally. This paper argues that the "space" between the actor and the character in Shakespeare's dramas is most creatively negotiated with young performers if the excitement of Shakespeare's intersubjective potential is unleashed and their performances are allowed the freedom of expression that more overtly politicised constraints may inhibit. Drawing on the praxis-led research undertaken with final year, Honours and postgraduate students in the Creative Arts at Murdoch University (2009) this paper will offer a case study of a production of Twelfth Night.1 "Space" in this context is presented as a field of orientation whose alignments flow from the central sensibilities of the dominant characters in the play.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Social Sciences and Humanities
Publisher: National Academy of Screen and Sound
Publishers Website: http://imjournal.murdoch.edu.au/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/26031
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