A Strange Proximity: Stage Presence, Failure, and the Ethics of Attention

1st Edition

Jon Foley Sherman

Published April 14, 2016
Reference - 186 Pages
ISBN 9781138907775 - CAT# Y186017

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What happens in the relationship between audience and performer? What

choices are made in the space of performance about how we attend to


A Strange Proximity examines stage presence as key to thinking about

performance and ethics. It is the first phenomenological account of ethics

generated from, rather than applied to, contemporary theatrical productions.

The ethical possibilities of the stage, argues Jon Foley Sherman, rest not

so much in its objects—the performers and the show itself—as in the “how”

of attending to others. A Strange Proximity is a unique perspective on the

implications of attention in performance.


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