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Queering Ritual

Hind, Claire and Jeffery, Mark (2017) Queering Ritual. In: Queering Ritual: International Conference, 3-4 November 2017, York St John University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

We identify with the term queering ritual in relation to a fluid heterogeneous attitude toward performance making and the practice and aesthetics of contemporary, multidisciplinary performance work. Queering ritual is also a lens in which to think through the composition of materials to create hybrid, subversive, augmented and indeterminate bodies, subjects, and territories. We consider the terms queering ritual as the structured recontextualising of pre-existing material. We propose queering as an expansive act and ritual as a return to an act through invocation, repetition, coded iteration, sacrifice, submission, custom, and rule formation. We consider the terms separately queering/ritual and together as a practice that embodies the form and content of a performance via the writing, shaping, and dramaturgy of a work. We draw upon ATOM-r’s performance Kjell Theøry that juxtaposes the writings of Alan Turing—a gay twentieth century computing pioneer with Guillaume Apollinaire’s 1917 play The Breasts of Tiresias and we think through the practices and subversive hybrid performance personas of Gary and Claire’s performance Lost in A Sea of Glass and Tin that examines the ghosting rituals of a fan base and the ‘ducks eye view’ of five David Lynch movies and consider how Lynch queers psychoanalysis

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Additional Information: Curated by Claire Hind from YSJU in partnership with Mark Jeffery of the School of the Arts Institute Chicago.
Status: Unpublished
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Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
School/Department: School of Performance & Media Production
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/2604

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