Acting Queer pp 113-139 | Cite as

Gendered Movement and ‘Physical’ Acting

  • Conrad AlexandrowiczEmail author


In this chapter, Alexandrowicz uses the lens of Laban Movement Analysis to analyse conventionally gendered movement, applying it specifically to the work of drag king and male impersonator Diane Torr, whose workshops teach women how to perform male personae convincingly enough to be able to ‘pass’ in public. This is enlisted as support for the ways that various ‘physical’ approaches to acting may support the performance of gender via technical means. The relative efficacy and safety—in terms of the emotional well-being of actors—of such methods are supported by current research in cognitive neuroscience, as synthesized and articulated by Rhonda Blair.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of VictoriaVictoriaCanada

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