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Title: Between the Acts : a theoretical and practical study of contemporary dramaturgy
Author: Hannay, Z. F.
ISNI:       0000 0004 7964 4748
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2018
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With the 'passing' of postmodernism comes a legacy of brokenness: grand narratives of truth, reality and wholeness are always already subject to deconstruction. However, an emerging trend in art making demonstrates the possibility of a simultaneous commitment to cynicism and hopefulness, to fragmentation and wholeness. This practice-based PhD project forms a significant contribution to the discussion of this trend and of the nature of post-postmodernism more generally by outlining a critical and creative dramaturgical vocabulary predicated on the idea of betweenness. Dramaturgy scholarship and practice for the large part focusses on the work of the dramaturg in a production context. This project takes an alternative approach in its practice of dramaturgy as a 'way of seeing', a methodological tool to describe works which resist categorisation and seem to be 'between'. In six case studies of contemporary performance works I analyse how objecthood, the self and the real are concepts shown to be in-process, manifested in a dialogic relationship between two opposing elements. In the practice element I chart an open-ended process of dramaturgical doing, which includes three devised shows, and from which has emerged a set of creative strategies for understanding and responding to brokenness. The Way of Things (2013), Make/Do/Mend (2015) and Song of the Satellites (2017) between them address issues pertinent to brokenness and its treatment: the object, newness, remaking, wholeness, relationality, dialogue, systems and materiality. Set together in dramaturgical dialogue, the practical and theoretical elements of this PhD project together form a means of responding to and accounting for the legacy of postmodern brokenness, and an original contribution to embodied knowledge of dramaturgical practice.
Supervisor: Babbage, Frances ; McDonnell, Bill Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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