Making theatre elastic : a practice-led PhD on performance research with Elastic Theatre, focusing on the body of work produced between 2005 and 2011

Scarso, Jacek Ludwig (2014) Making theatre elastic : a practice-led PhD on performance research with Elastic Theatre, focusing on the body of work produced between 2005 and 2011. Doctoral thesis, London Metropolitan University.

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Abstract

The present discussion is based on my performance research with Elastic Theatre (originally named Vocal Motions and also known as Vocal Motions Elastic Theatre), a company that I founded and have directed since 2001. A specific focus is placed on the body of work produced between 2005 and 2011, which comprises six performance outputs: Ophelia’s Song (2005-2006), Medea Made Medea (2007), The Magdalene Mysteries (2008), Medousa (2009), The Passion of Saints Sergius and Bacchus (2009) and Baroccata/Baroque Box (2010-2011). These productions have been informed by an overriding ethos, which is presented and reflected upon in the following chapters. I refer to such ethos by using the term elasticity, which I define in the Introduction, contextualising this within the broader spectrum of contemporary tendencies in performance practices, with particular reference to the notion of 'post-dramatic theatre'.

This concept of elasticity is presented in relation to three aspects of my productions: respectively, the combination of performance disciplines (Chapter 1), the dramaturgical approach (Chapter 2) and the staging choices made (Chapter 3). Across these chapters, I provide a contextual overview of the aspect treated, a discussion of my methodology in relation to this, and a reflection on my findings, referring to the concept of 'liminality'.

My Conclusion draws my reflections together, emphasising the original contribution that my work has represented in the field of contemporary performance.

Each of my outputs is documented in the Appendices, through written, photographic and video material. The Appendices also include a chronological overview of the productions discussed, a summary/glossary of my methodological strategies and a brief presentation of the company’s history.

Additional details can be found on the website: http://www.elastictheatre.com

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: uk.bl.ethos.629422
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elastic Theatre; theatrical companies; London (England); performing arts (production and direction); theatre (production and direction); performance practice; movement (acting)
Subjects: 700 The arts; fine & decorative arts > 790 Recreational & performing arts
Department: School of Social Sciences
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Depositing User: Mary Burslem
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2016 12:51
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2016 15:06
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/690

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