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Ghost transmissions: concrete objects and ephemeral encounters

Ghost transmissions: concrete objects and ephemeral encounters

McLaughlin, James ORCID: 0000-0002-2146-6884 (2022) Ghost transmissions: concrete objects and ephemeral encounters. In: TaPRA 2022 (Theatre and Performance Research Association), 12th - 14th September 2022, University of Essex. (Unpublished)

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This paper is an attempt, from a personal perspective, to answer how training practices are transmitted between different contexts. I will discuss my experience of training in the Meisner Technique in New Zealand, far removed from its origins in New York. I will relate this to the cultural dynamic of teaching world theatre practices within UK universities and how this highlights things that might be overlooked when we work with western traditions. I will conclude with a suggested approach that combines documentation and experience of the original practice, an appreciation for the source culture as well as the context to which the training is being transmitted. I suggest that this perspective shows the original practice haunting new work, not being replicated in the new situation, but inspiring a creative and organic evolution of the practice.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Additional Information: The Performer Training Working Group, Theatre and Performance Research Association TaPRA 2022, University of Essex, 12-14 September 2022. Passing It On: Genealogies and Legacies of Training.
Uncontrolled Keywords: improvisation; Meisner training; lineage
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > Drama, Theatre & Performance (DTP)
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Humanities & Social Sciences (HSS)
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2023 13:50

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