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Sonic technologies of postmodernity and the grain of the voice in Robert Lepage’s Lipsynch

D'Cruz, Glenn 2016, Sonic technologies of postmodernity and the grain of the voice in Robert Lepage’s Lipsynch, Body, space and technology journal, vol. 15, pp. 1-12.

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Title Sonic technologies of postmodernity and the grain of the voice in Robert Lepage’s Lipsynch
Author(s) D'Cruz, Glenn
Journal name Body, space and technology journal
Volume number 15
Start page 1
End page 12
Total pages 12
Publisher Brunel University
Place of publication West London, Eng.
Publication date 2016
ISSN 1470-9120
Keyword(s) Robert Lepage
Sound technology and theatre
Postmodern theatre
Theatre and Technology
Summary This paper unpacks the relationships between the human voice and sound technologies by re-reading and re-evaluating Roland Barthes seminal essay, ‘The Grain of the Voice’ an oft cited but frequently misunderstood text, in the light of Robert Lepage’s Lipsynch (Canada, 2012). This production explicitly uses analogue and digital sound technologies to reveal the complexities and contradictions operating within the sonic economy of the performance with particular reference to the way it uses digital dubbing, miming, voice-overs and lip-reading to unsettle assumptions about the connections between the language, speech and the human voice. The paper will also unsettle any simple understanding of the voice as the locus of identity, and uncover the manner in which sonic digital technologies enable us to better apprehend ‘the body in the voice as it sings, the hand as it writes, the limb as it performs’ (Barthes, 185) while remaining sceptical about the existence of a primordial, unconstructed body.
Language eng
Field of Research 190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
1902 Film, Television And Digital Media
1904 Performing Arts And Creative Writing
Socio Economic Objective 950105 The Performing Arts (incl. Theatre and Dance)
HERDC Research category C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2016, Brunel University
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30081455

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