Space and Actor Formation

A. Filmer, K. Rossmanith

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The profound spatial turn experienced by the humanities and social sciences over recent decades has prompted a re-examination of how space and place inform our understandings of theatre and performance. In this article we investigate the ways in which the theatrical labour that occurs within rehearsal and backstage spaces involves not only the making of theatrical performance but also the making of theatrical performers. Drawing on fieldwork-based research, and exploring the concepts of orientational metaphor, tactical inhabitation and training zones, we argue that performers' use and inhabitation of rehearsal and backstage spaces is a key means through which they are formed as professional artists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-239
Number of pages12
JournalTheatre Research International
Issue number3
Early online date30 Aug 2011
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


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