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(De)composing Habit in Theatre-as-Method

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Ruth Raynor



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Research encounters, like other encounters, differently facilitate the coconstitution of the subject, andincite more or less intense processes of change. But how to understand that change in a context ofongoing difference? To explore this question I draw on a series of theatre workshops developed withunemployed and precariously employed UK women who worked together to share experiences ofausterity and coproduce a fictional play. A number of women suggested that “something feltdifferent” as a result of or in the moment of theatre participation. Reflecting on this I considerhow games and exercises enmeshed and resettled the strange and the familiar; this intensified thevolatility of habit and opened new possibilities for connection and relation between women.Therefore in this article I (1) explore recent ontological theorizations of habit in cultural geographyto conceive volatile habit in and as multiple processes of (de)composition, and (2) think this throughour own theatre activity as well as Boal’s approach to “demechanization to highlight the importanceof the method for geographical research. This emphasizes the significance of micro-intensitychanges. It expands potentiality of collaborative theatre making beyond the service of instrumentalor ideological functions and it blurs binaries between activity and passivity, theatre and everyday life.

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Author(s): Raynor R

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Geohumanities

Year: 2017

Volume: 3

Issue: 1

Pages: 108-121

Online publication date: 23/01/2017

Acceptance date: 02/11/2016

Date deposited: 16/03/2017

ISSN (print): 2373-566X

ISSN (electronic): 2373-5678

Publisher: Taylor & Francis


DOI: 10.1080/2373566X.2016.1258321


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