Just in time: ‘momentary’ events in the making of Rosemary Butcher’s signature practices

Melrose, Susan, Sachsenmaier, Stefanie and Butcher, Rosemary (2013) Just in time: ‘momentary’ events in the making of Rosemary Butcher’s signature practices. In: Performance Studies International Conference (PSi 19), 26-30 Jun 2013, Stanford, CA, United States.

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Abstract

The notions of ‘ephemerality’, of time and loss, are essentially spectatorial, in the case of live performance. For the performance-maker, the work of making “the work”, over time, has never been ephemeral. Spectators’ performances and those of makers are non-identical, not least in terms of performances’ times. The ‘signature practices’ of the mature expert practitioner tend to emerge just in time, and the work is serial, a momentary instantiation in an ongoing creative enquiry, whereas spectating, in the event, mistakes its experience for “the work itself”.

We propose to argue that times, the immutable and the immanent, engage with particular ways of seeing, so as to produce ‘signature practices’, in expert performance-making registers. The processes tend to be punctuated a ‘momentary instantiation’ (Knorr Cetina, 2001): the timely performance outcome that seems initially to end the enquiry, but that will reveal, to the practitioner concerned, a further set of questions to be worked through.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts
A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Dance group
A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Theatre Arts group
Item ID: 13361
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Depositing User: Susan Melrose
Date Deposited: 30 May 2014 10:53
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 21:58
URI: https://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/13361

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