Liquid Dramaturgy in Aotearoa: Interview with Nisha Madhan and Julia Croft

Graham, Fiona. 2023. Liquid Dramaturgy in Aotearoa: Interview with Nisha Madhan and Julia Croft. Critical Stages(28), ISSN 2409-7411 [Article]

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This article examines the dramaturgical vision and composition processes of the performance artists Nisha Madhan and Julia Croft. Using the term/idea/practice of liquid dramaturgy (Grochala 2017) I investigate how their innovative and award-winning work offers new dramaturgical strategies that can support the development of New Zealand / Aotearoa and Australian performance. Their processes are deliberately open, chaosmotic and changing, the form is fragmented, nonlinear and interrupted, time is collapsed or repeated, performers remain situated and visible. It is a feminist and intersectional approach that draws upon their experience of race and gender to challenge colonialism, heteronormativity and patriarchal power structures.

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liquid dramaturgy, live art, feminist, intersectional, utopia, hope

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Theatre and Performance (TAP)


15 December 2023Published Online
December 2023Published

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08 Feb 2024 12:07

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08 Feb 2024 12:16

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