Journal article

More-and-Less-Than: Liveness, Video Recording, and the Future of Performance

Denise Varney, Rachel Fensham

New Theatre Quarterly | Cambridge University Press (CUP) | Published : 2000


With the spread of digital and other modes of electronic recordings into the auditoria and lecture theatres where performance is studied, the debate about the video documentation of performance – already well rehearsed and in the pages of NTQ – is about to intensify. Rachel Fensham and Denise Varney have based the article which follows on their own work in videoing live theatre pieces for research into feminist performance. This article deliberates on their experience with the medium and examines the anxieties that surface at the point of implosion between live and mediatized performance. The first part locates these anxieties in the question of presence and absence in performance – especial..

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