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Representing Systemic Violence: The Example of Laundry by Anu Productions

Fitzpatrick, Lisa (2012) Representing Systemic Violence: The Example of Laundry by Anu Productions. Warwick Politics and Performance Network Working Papers Vol 1:4, University of Warwick, 15 pp [Internet publication]

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Abstract

This essay seeks to explore the theatrical or performative representation of the abuse of power, drawing upon Slavoj Žižek’s discussion of systemic and symbolic violence (2008: 1) and relating it to the performance of gendered violence. It also draws upon Gay McAuley’s concept of ‘vanishment’ (2006: 154-5), which describes a process whereby rejected or abjected individuals can disappear from public sight and discourses and so, ultimately, from public consciousness. The essay uses Anu Productions 2011 performance Laundry,directed by Louise Lowe at the Dublin Theatre Festival, as an example of work that attempts the representation of an historical and systemic abuse of power, to illustrate the discussion.

Item Type:Internet publication
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts
Faculty of Arts > School of Creative Arts and Technologies
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute
Arts and Humanities Research Institute > Creative Arts and Technologies
ID Code:25268
Deposited By: Dr Lisa Fitzpatrick
Deposited On:28 Mar 2013 09:01
Last Modified:28 Mar 2013 09:01

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