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… of butterflies, bodies and biograms … Affective Spaces in Performativities in the Performance of <i>Madama Butterfly</i>

Barbara Kennedy

in Deleuze and Performance

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/9780748635030.003.0010
… of butterflies, bodies and biograms … Affective Spaces in Performativities in the Performance of Madama Butterfly

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This chapter aims to bridge the gap between the live and the mediated in her exposure of the performativity of movement in Franco Zeffirelli's film of the operatic performance Madama Butterfly. It proposes a posthuman theory of emergent aesthetics in which performance is no longer an object interpreted by subjects, but a process that actively institutes a becoming-biogrammatic of the body of the audience. It also highlights the importance of the Deleuzian realm of the ‘sensible’ and the Deleuzian ‘event’ in media and film theory.

Keywords: performativity of movement; Franco Zeffirelli; Madama Butterfly; posthuman theory; emergent aesthetics; becoming-biogrammatic

Chapter.  7672 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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