Experience and the artist's body : resisting the Uber-artist construct in socially engaged performance

Dennis, Rea 2015, Experience and the artist's body : resisting the Uber-artist construct in socially engaged performance, Research in drama education : the journal of applied theatre and performance, vol. 20, no. 3, pp. 321-324, doi: 10.1080/13569783.2015.1059268.

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Title Experience and the artist's body : resisting the Uber-artist construct in socially engaged performance
Author(s) Dennis, ReaORCID iD for Dennis, Rea orcid.org/0000-0002-6214-3504
Journal name Research in drama education : the journal of applied theatre and performance
Volume number 20
Issue number 3
Start page 321
End page 324
Total pages 4
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 1356-9783
1470-112X
Keyword(s) applied arts
socially engaged performance
embodied cognition
applying performance
Summary Looking back over the past 20 years of my practice, the vista is littered with ambiguities of process and form within socially engaged performance. Sifting through the debris, one question arises: what have I been doing?; another might be: what have I been making? What feels relevant to me is the aggregate of my experiences; the who I am. With the current sector creep towards instrumentalising arts for social agendas, the value and relevance of experience ebbs. Demands on artists extend well beyond aesthetic skill, process facilitation and project management. In this essay, I critique the risk within socially engaged practice of art becoming subservient to social agendas and consider how the shift towards an uber-artist construct renders the sector unsustainable.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13569783.2015.1059268
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2015, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30079787

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