Ilya Noé’s Deerwalk

The Appropriateness of Form—Enthymeme
  • Lynette HunterEmail author
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


This chapter focuses on the rhetorical term ‘form’ and the figure of enthymeme which is a figure with a missing element. Ilya Noé is a performance artist from Mexico, now living in Berlin, who created a piece called Deerwalk for a town in Portugal. Noé curates a rehearsal with both a sociosituated group and a wider public audience, through collaboration rather than sociocultural fit. This is the alongside work that generates the form performance needs to be open to becoming embodied material for the audience to engage with. The missing element of enthymeme insists on drawing the audience into co-labouring with materials, and experiencing the change that not-knowing those materials generates. The critical writing counterpoints these documentings and articulations as it raises questions about the work of the critic as audience.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Theatre and DanceUniversity of CaliforniaDavisUSA

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