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Title: Einstein on the beach: A study in temporality
Authors: Broadhurst, S
Keywords: Einstein on the beach;Structure;Temporality;Hermeneutic circle;Eternal recurrence;Opera
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Performance Research, 17(5), 34 - 40, 2012
Abstract: In this paper I seek to examine and analyse the sense of duration induced by performances of Einstein on the Beach, and the entailed sense of time which its internal structure creates. I initially sketch out the stylistic context and artistic intentions of this work's creators, Glass and Wilson, and I briefly describe the process of its creation. Certain features of this process indicate how the work may be interpreted. Having cited the creators' thoughts on structure and temporality, I address directly aspects of Einstein's temporal effects, comparing it to works of similar lengths. I give the briefest synopsis of its staging and motifs. I then outline three kinds of devices which seem to inform our temporal sense of this work as spectators. In the final section I invoke two ideas which serve as analogies to help characterise this work's overall effect on us: Heidegger's notion of the ‘hermeneutic circle’ and, more speculatively, Nietzsche's ‘theory’ of Eternal Recurrence.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Performance Research, 17(5), 34 - 40, 2012, copyright @ Taylor & Francis, available online at:
ISSN: 1352-8165
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Dept of Arts and Humanities Research Papers

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