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

    Research areas

  • performance, life story, felt resonance, autobiographical

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