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No Woman’s Land - Walking as a Dramaturgical Device in Performance of Maternal Migration

Rippel, Ildiko ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3769-1656 and Garton, R. (2019) No Woman’s Land - Walking as a Dramaturgical Device in Performance of Maternal Migration. Critical Stages, 20. (Submitted)

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Abstract

The practice research project No Woman’s Land NWL (2015-2017) explored the historical performance walk as a methodology to develop a dramaturgy of migration in reference to kinesthetic empathy. The project explored whether the re-tracing of the 220-mile walk undertaken by Rippel’s grandmother Lucia in 1945 from Brzeźnica Poland to Pulspforde, Germany could produce a change of the performer’s body through an “authentic” physical experience, marked by exhaustion and the somatic memory of endurance. The project explored a dramaturgy of migration, the maternal body and authenticity in performance through the inclusion of real (hi)stories and the embodied experience of a migratory walk. In Zoo Indigo’s performative response to the walk, No Woman’s Land (NWL 2016), the duo re-engaged with the experienced endurance. Throughout the piece the performers (and sometimes audience members), walked on treadmills through digital projections of past and present landscapes. This article discusses the performance walk as a methodology towards a dramaturgy of migration, enabling an authentic representation of the migrant mother through the staging of the exhausted female body, the interweaving of documentary footage, and the real act of walking.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Migration, Performance, Performance Walk, Endurance Walk, Intermedial Theatre, Autobiography, History, World War II
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Divisions (2019 onwards) > College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Copyright Info: Open Access Journal
Depositing User: Ildiko Rippel
Date Deposited: 24 Sep 2019 11:15
Last Modified: 24 Sep 2019 20:30
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/8650

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