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Teaterhögskolan i Malmö, Medarbetare Kent

Kent Sjöström

Docent

Teaterhögskolan i Malmö, Medarbetare Kent

Authenticity, copying and the critical gaze : The crisis of representation

Författare

  • Kent Sjöström

Summary, in Swedish

Abstract
In contemporary western theatre and actor’s training there is a tension between different traditions in the actor’s work, concerning the bodily practices that are related to representation, construction of identities, authenticity and self-expression. One aspect of the actor’s methodical tradition – the openness for suffering and sacrificing oneself in the name of the arts – will be displayed and scrutinised through examples from ancient theatre, European avant-garde, and the Method acting tradition. I will argue that this aspect is aiming at exposing the artist as a unique original, and in this way also serves the commodification of the artist’s self-presentation. In contrast to the above-mentioned moods of representation, 20th century artists and philosophers like Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin are practically and theoretically challenging concepts like originality, authenticity, and the artists’ self-representation. They are instead investigating the creative and political potential in phenomena like quoting and copying, and above all a playful and critical role-taking process, not based in self-expression. I will finally argue that Brecht’s stance is in accordance with a non-essentialist view of humans and that his views are in line with some tendencies in the post-dramatic tradition.

Avdelning/ar

  • Lärare (Teaterhögskolan)

Publiceringsår

2021-03-25

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

7-26

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Arte Acta

Issue

4

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Ämne

  • Performing Art Studies

Nyckelord

  • Bertolt Brecht
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Acting
  • Actor's training
  • Representation
  • Identity politics
  • Acting Methods
  • Original
  • Copying
  • Bertolt Brecht
  • Walter Benjamin
  • Acting
  • Actor's training
  • Representation
  • Identity politics
  • Acting Methods
  • Original
  • Copying

Conference name

Bertolt Brecht – Contradictions as Method

Conference date

2019-11-08 - 2019-11-10

Conference place

Prague, Czech Republic

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 2571-1695