How Do We Use The Body? Examinations of (Dis)comfort

Charles Adrian Gillott. Photo credit: Oliver Proske.
Charles Adrian Gillott. Photo credit: Oliver Proske.

“One way of approaching the phenomenology of the actor is to consider him as a kind of storyteller whose speciality is that he is the story he is telling.” (from The Actor’s Presence: Three Phenomenal Modes by Bert O. States)

A performer’s body, as the cliché has it, is his or her instrument. For the second event of the Body And Being Network, Charles Adrian Gillott shared the sometimes difficult experience of learning to inhabit the body and explored the connection between self-consciousness and stage presence. He examined what it means for a performer to be ‘present’ and asked whether it is possible to share that experience with others. Participants had the chance to reflect on how it feels to observe a performer in action and were encouraged to actively inhabit their own bodies.

‘How Do We Use The Body? Examinations of (Dis)comfort’ took place on 25 November 2014, 6.00pm-7.30pm, at the Jacqueline du Pré Building, St Hilda’s College, Oxford.

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