Saturday, April 22, 2006

The Gift of Play - PUBLIC LECTURE

The Gift of Play: the gesture of performance

Dr. Andrew Quick
Theatre Studies at Lancaster University,United Kingdom

May 9, Tuesday
Room K8652
School of Communication Simon Fraser University
Burnaby Campus, Applied Science Wing

Taking Walter Benjamin's discussions of play as the starting point, this paper examines the concept of play as a moment of radical disruption with specific reference to Josse de Pauw's (Belgium) performance work with children and the performances pieces of Forced Entertainment (UK). According to Benjamin, the child's 'gesture' disturbs adult conceptualisations of the world. This paper attempts to locate such moments of rupture in contemporary performance and assesses their cultural and political relevance.

Performance Practice: Co-director of the Centre for the Advanced Study of Contemporary Performance Practice; Performance company: “imitating the dog” Recent Publications: The Wooster Group Book (Routledge 2007); The Event of Performance (Palgrave Macmillan 2007); editor, Five Miles and Falling: a document by imitating the dog (2002 - produced as a
CD-ROM); Hotel Methuselah: a catalogue by imitating the dog (2006); co-editor, On Memory (Routledge, 2000), Time and Value (Blackwell,1998); Shattered Anatomies (Bristol Arnolfini, 1997)
Sponsored by Simon Fraser University’s Counter Culture Lecture Series, School of Communication; School of Contemporary Arts; and the Department of English
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