A Theatre of Subtractive Extinction: Bene Without Deleuze

Lorenzo Chiesa

in Deleuze and Performance

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2005 | ISBN: 9780748635030
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652587 | DOI:
A Theatre of Subtractive Extinction: Bene Without Deleuze

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This chapter examines the relevance of Gilles Deleuze's work for the works of Italian director Carmelo Bene. It argues that Deleuze's One Less Manifesto conceived the theatre of continuous variation, particularly Bene's theatre, as one that is initiated and sustained by subtraction. It also questions the compatibility of Deleuze's vitalist concept of subtraction with Bene's own concept of the subtractive.

Keywords: Gilles Deleuze; Carmelo Bene; One Less Manifesto; theatre; subtraction; vitalist concept

Chapter.  7965 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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