The Medieval and the Avant Garde

An interview with avant garde multi-media medievalist–practitioner/deviser Gro Siri Ognøy Johansen (Norway)

Authored by: Nils Holger Petersen , Pamela M. King

The Routledge Research Companion to Early Drama and performance

Print publication date:  December  2016
Online publication date:  December  2016

Print ISBN: 9781472421401
eBook ISBN: 9781315612898
Adobe ISBN: 9781317043669

10.4324/9781315612898.ch19

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Abstract

The idea behind this postscript to the collection has been to encourage researchers into theatrical praxis involving early material to look beyond reconstructive production as a tool to inform understanding of the original material, and to consider how present-day European theatre at the cutting edge can be and is inspired to create new and original work by drawing on medieval materials. Further, just as the preceding chapters in this volume have repeatedly called to attention the fundamentally “multi-media” nature of performance in the period before the professional playhouse, the artist featured in the following interview is a musician who uses the human body, voice, movement and setting to generate meaning, and to tell stories, in a number of fluid ways that go beyond the simple understanding of “play”.

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