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Deleuze and Performance

Laura Cull

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748635030
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652587 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635030.001.0001
Deleuze and Performance

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Was performance important to Deleuze? Is Deleuze important to performance; to its practical, as well as theoretical, research? What are the implications of Deleuze's philosophy of difference, process and becoming, for Performance Studies, a field in which many continue to privilege the notion of performance as representation, as anchored by its imitation of an identity: ‘the world’, ‘the play’, ‘the self’? This book is a collection of chapters dedicated to Deleuze's writing on theatre and to the productivity of his philosophy for (re)thinking performance. It provides analyses of Deleuze's writings on theatre practitioners such as Artaud, Beckett, and Carmelo Bene, as well as offering readings of historical and contemporary performance including performance art, dance, new-media performance, theatre, and opera, which use Deleuze's concepts in exciting new ways. Can philosophy follow Deleuze in overcoming the antitheatrical tradition embedded in its history, perhaps even reconsidering what it means to think in the light of the embodied insights of performance's practitioners?

Keywords: Deleuze; performance; theatre practitioners; dance; theatre; opera; Deleuze's philosophy; antitheatrical tradition; imitation; identity

Book.  288 pages.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Philosophy

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