PHYSICAL THEATRE

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PHYSICAL THEATRE

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"The definition of physical theatre is not easy to describe. This is partly due to multiple origins, and partly due to the discomfort that most practitioners have with the definition. In the book Through the Body, author Dymphna Callery suggests that the phrase originated more as a marketing term to describe anything that does not fit within commercial literary theatre. Indeed, this view has considerable support; the so called Phyl theatre based on "Staged Literature."
Many practitioners, such as Lloyd Newson,[1] express a resistance to this term because they feel that physical theatre is used


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"The definition of physical theatre is not easy to describe. This is partly due to multiple origins, and partly due to the discomfort that most practitioners have with the definition. In the book Through the Body, author Dymphna Callery suggests that the phrase originated more as a marketing term to describe anything that does not fit within commercial literary theatre. Indeed, this view has considerable support; the so called Phyl theatre based on "Staged Literature."
Many practitioners, such as Lloyd Newson,[1] express a resistance to this term because they feel that physical theatre is used as a "misc." category, which is classified for anything that does not fall neatly into a category of literary dramatic theatre or contemporary dance. For this reason, contemporary theatre including post-modern performance, devised performance, visual performance, and post-dramatic performance, while having their own distinct definitions, is often simply labeled "physical theatre" without any reason other than because it is unusual in some way.this is great i
It is also problematic that dance is of a theatrical nature. A dance piece will be called "physical theatre" because it includes elements of spoken word, character, or narrative; it is theatrical and physical but does not necessarily share anything in common with a potential (and nascent) physical theatre tradition."

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