Transformative Connections: The Dynamics of Felt Resonance in Processes for Life-Story Performance

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    Abstract

    This article considers two examples of life story performance: the first autobiographical work about the author’s recovery from stroke, and the second the life-story production Re-Live Theatre’s Memoria about dementia. It explores how performing life stories facilitates connection between performers with transformed cognitive capacities and their audiences, and posits that life-story performance offers a unique way to affect relations between performers and their audiences through an experience of ‘felt resonance’. The article argues that felt resonance in performance matters: it leads to possibilities of transformative connections within and between bodies, as well as the systems that they are part of.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)378-389
    Number of pages12
    JournalResearch in Drama Education
    Volume25
    Issue number3
    Early online date6 Aug 2020
    DOIs
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 6 Aug 2020

    Keywords

    • performance
    • life story
    • felt resonance
    • autobiographical

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