The Rhythm of Thinking: Immanence and Ethics in Theater Performance
The dissertation The Rhythm of Thinking: Immanence and Ethics in Theater Performance is an artistic research project in the field of theater, with directing and theatrical composition and dramaturgy as its main points of focus. The critical exploration is based on the experience of conceptualizing and directing three different theater performances. The project is an attempt to explore the implications of the concept of immanence in the collective creative process of theater making. In particular, it is an effort to illuminate what might be called “processes of immanence” or “theater of immanence”. The research is built around a net of questions, observations, and thoughts ranging from the experiences of collective creative processes and collaborative work with the performers, to academic criticism on discourses related to the fields of performance studies, philosophy and performance philosophy, perception theory, and musicology. The unfurling of this net is intended to contribute to the ideas and theories surrounding the relationship between the structural specifics of theater – dramaturgically and compositionally – and the aspects of meaning and affect. This formulation encapsulates a number of sub-areas to which the investigation aims to contribute with problematizing insertions, areas broadly defined as: transforming theories into concrete compositional and processual measures; developing dramaturgical discourses beyond semantic language; problematizing a binary relation between composition/conceptualization and an intuitive, emotional creative force; discussing how to enhance a readiness for variation in the performers; problematizing hierarchical structures, both in regards to the hierarchy of expressions, as well as creative influence; mapping out a thought process for a directorial practice; and finally, searching for a possible reciprocity between compositional structures and ethics. The investigated materials are theater performances but the critical treatment is mainly done through philosophical discourses, predominately represented by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925–1995), the Canadian philosopher Brian Massumi (b.1956), and the Italian/Australian philosopher Rosi Braidotti (b.1954).
Doctor of Philosophy (in Fine Arts)
Göteborgs universitet. Konstnärliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Fine, Applied and Performing Arts
Academy of Music and Drama ; Högskolan för scen och musik
Glashuset, Akademin Valand, Göteborg
Date of defence
The dissertation exists as a book and as a multimedia platform, accessible at: http://hdl.handle.net/2077/45808 Film screenings of three documented performances at Friday 16 September, 9.30, Bio Valand, Storgatan 43, Göteborg.
hierarchy in collective creation
immanent collective creation
instant collective composition
relation of non-relation
978-91-982423-0-0 (printed edition)
978-91-982423-1-7 (digital edition)
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