Title

Enter the Body: Performance, Identity and Body Representation in Contemporary Theatre

Abstract

There may be no better place to discuss identity performance than the theatre, one of the most body-oriented art forms. Taking a body-oriented approach, I explore the ways body types and identities are represented on stage, especially with regard to race, body morphology/weight and gender identity (queerness in all forms, but especially in the context of non-binary gender comportment). While representation of “non-normative” body types is based in part on casting practices, it also falls to playwrights and directors to include these types in their works and for producers to support works that do not rely on cis-straight and WASP-oriented plotlines and characters. I explore how modern-day theatre addresses these themes and the ways that practices can be altered to support non-normative performing artists and other individuals.

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Lydia McDermott

Tracks

Identity, Ethics and Memory

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Reid G02

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

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Enter the Body: Performance, Identity and Body Representation in Contemporary Theatre

Reid G02

There may be no better place to discuss identity performance than the theatre, one of the most body-oriented art forms. Taking a body-oriented approach, I explore the ways body types and identities are represented on stage, especially with regard to race, body morphology/weight and gender identity (queerness in all forms, but especially in the context of non-binary gender comportment). While representation of “non-normative” body types is based in part on casting practices, it also falls to playwrights and directors to include these types in their works and for producers to support works that do not rely on cis-straight and WASP-oriented plotlines and characters. I explore how modern-day theatre addresses these themes and the ways that practices can be altered to support non-normative performing artists and other individuals.

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