Diana Taylor Trauma and Performance: lesson from America (2006) pp 1675-1677

She discusses that it has to be wide spread otherwise without people’s involvement, it wouldn’t work to expectation. Researching about the feeling of involvement. She’s basically researching on her own experience. The emotions that were spread being contagious, body to body transmission of embodied, was surreal to her. A form of political empowerment. The big question to ponder is how those who haven’t faced violence can comprehend it. Through encroaches, it is assumed that the traumatic experience can be passed on to those who didn’t participate. Cultural agency, the power to understand the how power is being transmitted.
Political demonstrations closes trauma because it offers a platform for formal closure, repair, eliminating self-pity, legitimizing the occurrence or the fact that such stuff happened. Uses case study and builds on it in a theoretical way. Performance and trauma always repeat itself. Trauma brings one back to the painful event e.g. war, death of loved one. Both felt in the present ie performance and trauma. Building a new theoretical framework to address the Argentinian case. Traumatic experience might be transmittable but is inseparable from the subject who suffers it. ‘Whether we situate trauma in the individual or social body its expression depends on live reenactments and interactive performance. (pp 1676)
‘Transmission also works through that interactive telling and listening associating with live performance’. ‘Bearing witness requires live participation it is doing an act of transfer that takes place in the here and now in the presence of the listeners.’ I believe that trauma driven performance does make us be the individual, collective, intergenerational and even national repercussions of human rights violations over the long term. (1675) ‘The fact that we cannot neatly separate trauma from post-traumatic stress points to the centrality of the reiterated effects that constitute the condition.
‘Like performance, trauma always makes itself viscerally in the here and now’
Diana Taylor reflects and talks about traumatic events that has happen in the past and how this can be transcribed through performance by listening and speaking. Through performance an individual i.e. the performer brings a power with a political message. Traumatic experiences is a mental issue or long term condition. Within performance trauma positions itself continuously so that the performer can create a comedic atmosphere which covers the traumatic experience but still leaving the awareness of the trauma. This fits in very well with what I wanted to do with my performance I didn’t want the audience to focus on the trauma I didn’t want to create pity within the audience. I just wanted to focus on the here and now. I think that this particular reading and relates to what I was saying with a light humor effects so it takes away the sadness that lies behind the performance.
Diana Taylor Trauma and Performance: lesson from America (2006) pp 1675-1677


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