A Strange Proximity: Stage Presence, Failure, and the Ethics of Attention

A Strange Proximity: Stage Presence, Failure, and the Ethics of Attention

By: Jon Foley Sherman (author)Paperback

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What happens in the relationship between audience and performer? What choices are made in the space of performance about how we attend to others? 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.

About Author

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

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781138907775
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 186
  • ID: 9781138907775
  • weight: 308
  • ISBN10: 1138907774

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