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Falling: The Thought of Circus
Stockholms konstnärliga högskola, Institutionen för cirkus.
2017 (engelsk)Kunstnerisk output (Ogranskad)
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The book offers a psychoanalytic account of the practice of contemporary circus. It evolves its narrative through three voices: dramatic address (love poems from a disaffected, retired artist to the public), memoir in verse (a genealogy of becoming a circus artist) and psychoanalytic theory written through the lens of personal experience as a circus artist, pedagogue, director and psychoanalytic scholar.

It offers the benefit of a subject/artist embedded in the theory, showing how the artist comes to theory from their own contexts – social, gendered, sexualized and racialized – and how theory helps the artist contextualize themselves in the field. The theoretical perspectives draw from Freud via Lacan but touches upon Winnicot, Klein and Kristeva.

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Sex, death, seduction, trauma and an intimate yet distanced relationship to an amorous other: circus and psychoanalysis have much in common. This book looks to the story circus tells when it is on the couch; a love story of impossible desires, improbable fantasies deeply indebted to masochism and utopian longing. However, trapped as it is in its conservative and narcissistic aesthetics of infatuation – stunning, erotic and impressive – its queer core of anti-normative and anarchic desire has been co-opted as the poster-child for neoliberal success. This work looks to its fundamental and disavowed romance with failure to show how progressive its thinking could be.

sted, utgiver, år, sider
Stockholm: Stockholms konstnärliga högskola , 2017. , s. 80
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Circus, Lacan, Psychoanalysis, Literature
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Performativa och mediala praktiker, med inriktning mot film och media/koreografi/opera/scen
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uniarts:diva-605OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uniarts-605DiVA, id: diva2:1353441
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The Ethics of CircusTilgjengelig fra: 2019-09-23 Laget: 2019-09-23 Sist oppdatert: 2019-10-14bibliografisk kontrollert

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