Advertisement

Performance Criticism: Live Writing as Phenomenological Poiēsis

  • Diana Damian MartinEmail author
Chapter
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)

Abstract

Diana Damian Martin proposes in this chapter that performance criticism operates as a kind of “phenomenological poesis”—an emergence that is itself a form of creative production. Damian Martin is navigating here the channels the interlink action, perception and thought, and she draws on Hannah Arendt’s meditations on the very nature of appearance to aid in that navigation. Here, as elsewhere, the argument concerns ways of knowing that are always emergent, particularly as Damian Martin’s chief focus is on “live writing”—criticism which responds to the performative event as it unfolds, and as such not only forms part of the performance it is “perceiving”, but, in Damian Martin’s words, “marks its own eventness”.

References

  1. Arendt, Hannah. 1958. The Human Condition, 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.Google Scholar
  2. ———. 1971. The Life of the Mind: Thinking. London: Secker & Warburg.Google Scholar
  3. ———. 1994. Essays on Understanding. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.Google Scholar
  4. ———. 2006. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. London: Penguin.Google Scholar
  5. Bennett, Susan. 1990. Theatre Audiences: A Theory of Production and Reception. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  6. Billington, Michael. 2001. One Night Stands: A Critic’s View of Modern British Theatre. London: Nick Hern Books.Google Scholar
  7. Costa, Maddy. 2016. ‘The Critic as Insider: Shifting UK Critical Practice Towards “Embedded” Relationships and the Routes This Opens Us Towards Dialogue and Dramaturgy.’ In Theatre Criticism: Changing Landscapes, edited by Duška Radosavljevic. London: Bloomsbury.Google Scholar
  8. Edwardes, Jane. 2013. “100 Years of Criticism: Key Changes.” Critics Circle Centenary Conference, 29 September. criticscircle.org.uk/drama/Default.asp?ID=462&PID=3&offset=20.
  9. Etchells, Tim. 2013. “An Island, A Prison Cell, A Hotel Bed, A No Man’s Land: Some Thoughts About Quizoola24!” Forced Entertainment, May. https://www.forcedentertainment.com/notebook-entry/an-island-a-prison-cell-a-hotel-bed-a-no-mans-land-some-thoughts-about-quizoola-24-by-tim-etchells/.
  10. Fischer-Lichte, Erika. 2008. The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics. London: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Fisher, Mark. 2015. How to Write About Theatre: A Manual for Critics, Students and Bloggers. London: Bloomsbury.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  12. Forced Entertainment. 2014. Quizoola. Live Performance, 21/22 November, Millennium Gallery. http://www.forcedentertainment.com/project/quizoola/.
  13. Haydon, Andrew. 2016. “A Brief History of Online Theatre Criticism in England.” In Theatre Criticism: Changing Landscapes, edited by Duška Radosavljevic. London: Bloomsbury.Google Scholar
  14. Horwitz, Andy. 2012. “Re-Framing the Critic for the 21st Century: Dramaturgy, Advocacy and Engagement.” Culturebot, 5 September. http://www.culturebot.org/2012/09/13258/re-framing-the-critic-for-the-21st-century-dramaturgy-advocacy-and-engagement/.
  15. Martin, Diana Damian with John Boursnell, Laura Burns, Gareth Damian Martin, Mette Garfield, Debbie Guinnane, Johanna Linsley, Nisha Ramayya, and Nik Wakefield. 2014. Quizoola Live. http://quizoola.exeuntmagazine.com/.
  16. Phelan, Peggy. 1993. Unmarked: The Politics of Performance. London: Routledge.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  17. Radosavljevic, Duška. 2016. Theatre Criticism: Changing Landscapes. London: Bloomsbury.Google Scholar
  18. Sontag, Susan. 1964/2009. Against Interpretation and Other Essays. London: Penguin.Google Scholar
  19. Wardle, Irving. 1992. Theatre Criticism. London: Routledge.Google Scholar
  20. Young-Bruehl, Elisabeth. 1982. Hannah Arendt: For the Love of the World. New Haven: Yale University Press.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© The Author(s) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Royal Central School of Speech and DramaLondonUK

Personalised recommendations