Howard Barker’s recent work BLOK/EKO (2011) and Hurts Given and Received (2010) explores the relationship between poetry and suffering in a style that may be described as plethoric. The work places increasing emphasis on notions of depth, intensity, excess and the emotional force of the singular dramatic moment. This article considers the trans-personal effects of the poetic theatrical gesture in Barker’s work and argues that in the theatre of plethora exaggeration, excess and intensification are dramaturgical principles that invite us to be ‘open to the event’.
|Number of pages||9|
|Journal||Studies in Theatre and Performance|
|Publication status||Published - 01 Dec 2012|
- Friedrich Hölderlin
- Jean-François Lyotard