[dance-tech] Re: Brunel Performance Seminar, featuring Louise Owen

  • From: Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 14 Feb 2015 17:34:03 +0000

i n v i t a t i o n ::

The Center for Contemporary & Digital Performance at Brunel University is 
pleased to invite you to:


Wednesday, 18 February 2015, 4 PM - 5:30 PM
Drama Studio, Gaskell Building 048
Brunel University, London,  Cleveland Rd

Louise Owen (Birkbeck College, University of London)

"Constructing crisis: gender and finance in new writing for the stage"

How has new writing in the theatre addressed financialisation and the crisis 
that emerged in 2007-8? This paper explores a selection of productions staged 
at the height of the boom and after: David Eldridge's Market Boy (National 
Theatre, 2006), Dennis Kelly's Love and Money (Royal Exchange, Manchester & 
Young Vic, 2006), Lucy Prebble's Enron (Theatre Royal Chichester & Royal Court, 
2009) and David Hare's The Power of Yes (National Theatre, 2009). Comparing 
these works demonstrates an interesting commonality between them: that their 
mediations of credit, debt and market society all critically turn on 
contemporary constructs of sexuality and gender. To consider ideas of economic 
rupture, each piece in different ways revisits the past, but all have recourse 
a post-feminist politics specific to the late
twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. The paper argues that these plays' 
stagings of sexuality and gender are intrinsic to their construction of 
narratives of self-actualisation, corruption, the 'knowledge economy' and the 
class distribution of the consequences of economic crisis.

Louise Owen works as a Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Birkbeck, 
University of London. Her research examines contemporary theatre and 
performance in terms of economic change and modes of governance. She has 
written articles for TDR, Performance Research, frakcija and Contemporary 
Theatre Review.  Recent publications explore crisis and nationhood, 
site-specific performance, forms of immersive art and theatre, performance and 
post-feminism, and histories of community theatre in London.  She co-convenes 
the London Theatre Seminar.


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