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Title: Adapting musicology's use of affect theories to contemporary theatre making: Directing Martin Crimp's attempts on her life
Authors: Campbell, A
Keywords: Affect theories;Affective shaping;Affective approach;Directing;Dramaturgy;Martin Crimp
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Intellect Ltd.
Citation: Journal of Adaptation in Film and Performance, 4(3): 303-318, Dec 2012
Abstract: Adopting and adapting musicology's use of affect theories, specifically Jeremy Gilbert's idea of an 'affective analysis' and David Epstein's idea of 'shaping affect', this article looks at Martin Crimp's Attempts on Her Life from a practitioner's perspective. It investigates the challenges and benefits of adopting an 'affective approach' to directing recent theatre texts that stress the musicality and corporeality of language along with, and at times above, its signifying roles. Rather than locating Aristotelian dramatic climaxes based on narratological or characterological progression, an affective approach seeks to identify moments of affective intensity, which produce a different sort of impact by working on a 'body-first' methodology, rather than the directly cerebral. That this embodied impact is not ultimately meaningless is one of affect theory's most vital assertions. This approach has resonance in terms of how directors, performers and critics/theorists approach work of this type.
Description: Copyright @ Intellect 2011
ISSN: 1753-6421
Appears in Collections:Theatre
Dept of Arts and Humanities Research Papers

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