UM CONSTANTE PROCESSO DE EXPANSÃO [A Constant Process of Expansion]

Fleming, Cass. 2021. UM CONSTANTE PROCESSO DE EXPANSÃO [A Constant Process of Expansion]. Revista Cientí­fica/FAP, 24(1), ISSN 1679-4915 [Article]

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This article considers the possible uses of the technique developed by the Russian theatre practitioner Michael Chekhov during the crisis that the world currently faces in the light of the current Covid-19 pandemic. It opens with a consideration of what Foucault (1977) would term Chekhov’s affective history and considers why this might be pertinent to a use of his techniques in the current pandemic. The article then critically discusses a selection of Chekhov’s methods and principles in dialogue with Freire’s (1966) ideas about the politics of love, the work of play theorists (Henricks 2015, Hopkins 2019, Sutton-Smith 2008) and applied practitioners (McAvinchey, 2020), and the notion of a possible third space (Bhabha, 2004). I argue that these techniques and related principles can facilitate an engagement with embodied imagination and play which can improve the wellbeing of actors and non-actors in both performance and everyday contexts. The article goes on to suggest that these methods and ideas may also hold the potential to connect us more fully to the communities we live amongst in this time of crisis and to imagine and bring about personal and socio-political change in the post-pandemic world.

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Michael Chekhov; Contact; Play; Love; Social Responsibility

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Theatre and Performance (TAP)


1 June 2021Published

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14 Mar 2024 12:30

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14 Mar 2024 12:30

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