publication . Article . 2017

Representing Soldiers to Soldiers Through Dance: Authenticity, Theatricality, and Witnessing The Pain of Others

Matthew Reason;
Open Access English
  • Published: 22 Aug 2017
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
<jats:p>Representations of war recur throughout art, whether celebrating the glories and heroism of conflict, or depicting its horrors and follies. This paper uses qualitative audience research to examine soldiers' own responses to the representation of soldiers in choreographer Rosie Kay's dance performance <jats:italic>5 Soldiers</jats:italic>: <jats:italic>The Body is the Frontline</jats:italic>. This article explores how for military audiences the satisfaction of an internalized sense of authenticity allowed them to accept the performance as a legitimate representation; at the same time the presentation of war in a choreographic language meant that the perfo...
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ACM Computing Classification System: GeneralLiterature_MISCELLANEOUSComputerApplications_COMPUTERSINOTHERSYSTEMS
free text keywords: PN2000, U1, Visual Arts and Performing Arts, Witness, Performance art, Choreography, Sociology, Visual arts, Dance, Stylized fact
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