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From Blood to Athletes: 30 years of feminist performance making - an analytic reflection (provisional)

Furse, Anna F. D.. 2018. From Blood to Athletes: 30 years of feminist performance making - an analytic reflection (provisional). In: Jan Sewell and Abigail Rokison, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of the History of Women on Stage. London: Palgrave Macmillan. [Book Section] (Forthcoming)

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This chapter reflects on key projects in a lifetime of feminist performance-making in relation to their changing cultural and political landscape. Starting to make her own work in the punk era (as a child of the Brechtian/feminist theatres as well as Brook/Grotowski laboratories), Furse charts how her ongoing commitment to finding form for feminist thought, for blending her expertise in dance and theatre practices, for her work as both a writer and director-deviser, has been influenced by some major historical shifts through three decades of making new work. She will highlight this chapter by choosing a handful of projects from each decade, discussing how these were evolved and why, within the UK and international landscape of experimental practice. She will also discuss the relationship to support structures ( festivals/funding) and the growth of HEIs teaching new theatre in the postmodern/postdramatic era, as these have contributed to the way in which practitioners such as herself have been able to develop and articulate their repertoire.

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


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12 Apr 2016 11:28

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03 Jul 2017 10:49


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