Corporeal Disintegration as Last Gasp Vocal Act: the Final Works, of Murobushi, Artaud and Chereau

Barber, Stephen (2017) Corporeal Disintegration as Last Gasp Vocal Act: the Final Works, of Murobushi, Artaud and Chereau. New Theatre Quarterly, 33(2), pp. 169-178. ISSN (print) 0266-464X

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Abstract

This essay analyses a number of performance art experiments by significant artists and choreographers, each deploying vocal innovations. The essay is based on extensive archival research in Japan and France. The distinctive form of a final, last-gasp, last-breath monologue illuminates distinctive aspects of the final works of artists and choreographers. Such a monologue, which expires at around the same time that the body which expels it also expires, often constitutes a manifestation of a practitioner's work in its most intensive form, while intimating qualities of corporeal and linguistic disintegration and fragmentation, and offers insights that span dance and performance art.

Item Type: Article
Research Area: Art and design
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Centre for Contemporary Visual and Material Culture
Depositing User: Stephen Barber
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2018 16:39
Last Modified: 09 Feb 2018 16:19
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0266464X17000070
URI: http://eprints.kingston.ac.uk/id/eprint/40354

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