What happens in the relationship between audience and performer? What
choices are made in the space of performance about how we attend to
A Strange Proximity examines stage presence as key to thinking about
performance and ethics. It is the first phenomenological account of ethics
generated from, rather than applied to, contemporary theatrical productions.
The ethical possibilities of the stage, argues Jon Foley Sherman, rest not
so much in its objects-the performers and the show itself-as in the "how"
of attending to others. A Strange Proximity is a unique perspective on the
implications of attention in performance.
Jon Foley Sherman is a teacher, scholar, performer, and director. He is co-editor of Performance and Phenomenology (Routledge 2015), and his articles have apeared in Performance Research, New Theatre Quarterly, and Theatre Topics. An award-winning actor and deviser, he has performed in Chicago, New York, Switzerland, and Washington, DC.
List of Figures Acknowledgements Preface 1. May I Have Your Attention 2. Mimicry and the Urgency of Differences 3. A Unique Phenomenon of Distance 4. Disorienting 5. The Ground of Ethical Failure Bibliography Index