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Title: From consolidation to disorientation : performing community and site in Northern Ireland
Author: Graffin, Lauren
ISNI:       0000 0004 6062 7024
Awarding Body: Ulster University
Current Institution: Ulster University
Date of Award: 2017
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The overlap between site-specific and community performance practices remains an underdeveloped area of research in performance studies today. In this thesis I explore concepts and practices from international literature on community and site-specific performance practices within the context of Northern Ireland. I investigate the overlap between the two practices using an in-depth case study approach to recent forms of practice in Northern Ireland that have moved away from an engagement with segregated place and ethno-religious community formulations and instead, engage with a variety of place and community models. I focus on the changes that are currently taking place in Northern Ireland as it negotiates issues of place identity post-conflict. I explore this work by using an in-depth case study approach to investigate the types of performance that are engaging with place and community in the period of 2013-2014. My methodology engages with the sensory-inscribed experience and investigates the richness of performance, searching for the affect produced by performance structures, rather than the effects that are often measured in community performance practices in Northern Ireland. I consider how different structures of performance work can generate different experiences of place and community, highlighting how performance can transform, reaffirm, destabilise, undermine and re-imagine specific readings of community and place. I argue that performative interventions can renegotiate representations of place. This shifting of the representation of place can perform an intervention in the experience of the representational space. This, in turn, generates new representations of space as the body becomes the text and writes new spatial practices in place. I also consider the kinds of communities that are being called into being, or inscribed through these performance practices, suggesting that a spectrum of community begins to develop, rather than one single fixed notion of what a community is and how it operates.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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