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'Cum together' : spectatorship, presence and La Fura Baus' XXX

D'Cruz, Glenn 2004, 'Cum together' : spectatorship, presence and La Fura Baus' XXX, in Listening to the image : Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Annual Conference 2004, ADSA,, pp. 1-12.

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Title 'Cum together' : spectatorship, presence and La Fura Baus' XXX
Author(s) D'Cruz, GlennORCID iD for D'Cruz, Glenn orcid.org/0000-0002-6438-1725
Conference name Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies. Conference (2004 : Wellington, N.Z.)
Conference location Wellington, N.Z.
Conference dates 30 June-3 July 2004
Title of proceedings Listening to the image : Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Annual Conference 2004
Publication date 2004
Start page 1
End page 12
Publisher ADSA
Keyword(s) Marquis De Sade
Stephen Dunne
Susan Melrose
La Fura dels Baus
XXX
philosophy in the bedroom
spectatorship
sex
politics
Summary Based on the Marquis De Sade's novel, Philosophy in the Bedroom, XXX, a controversial work by the Spanish Performance group La Fura Dels, has divided critics and audiences in Europe and Australia. On the one hand, the performance has been chastised for its lack of intellectual coherence and tedium. On the other hand, it has been lauded as a piece of innovative theatre that addresses the audience's senses through a variety of theatrical and multi-media devices in order to challenge their preconceptions about the connections between sex and politics in contemporary culture. Writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, Stephen Dunne asks "Why is this so desperately-naughty show so dull to watch?"

This paper challenges Dunne's assessment of the performance by examining the relationship between the performers and spectators in terms of what Susan Melrose calls theatre's specular and somatic economies in order to analyse the specific ways in which XXX simultaneously challenges and confounds traditional notions of theatrical spectatorship.
Language eng
Field of Research 190499 Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970119 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of the Creative Arts and Writing
HERDC Research category L2 Full written paper - non-refereed (minor conferences)
Copyright notice ©2004, ADSA
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30015785

Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
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