1st Edition

Theatre and the Virtual
Genesis, Touch, Gesture

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ISBN 9781032137674
March 21, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
184 Pages

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Book Description

Theatre and the Virtual lays out a set of conceptual instruments for the articulation and engendering of the forces of theatrical potentiality.

Creating a passage toward a reconstitution of the given, a theatre of the virtual opens bodies in motion to a region of an ongoing genesis of forces. The outcome: regimes of constraint are abandoned through a radical practice of ecological attunement. Violence is eschewed through an onto-ecology of touch. Closed systems are repotentialised to become co-constitutive of their environments. A logic of spectrality settles in—not so much entities as atmospheres, not so much a being as a style of being, not so much a body as multitudinous milieus of response. This is the task of a theatre of the virtual—to safeguard the possibility of the extra-epistemological and uphold one’s right to offer accounts of oneself from outside of being, all the while creating a fractured record of the wondrous mutations of a moving, gesturing body.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars in theatre, philosophy, new materialisms, environmental humanities, gesture, and the ontology of response.

Table of Contents



Introduction. The Virtual as a Theatrical Force


Chapter 1. Potentiality and the Virtual


The Depletion of Potentiality: Motion and Action

Motion and Growth in the Poetics and Nāṭyaśāstra

Other Forms

Actual and Virtual

Potentiality as an Ontological Horizon


Chapter 2. Genesis and the Virtual




Theatre as a Technical Object

Gestural Potentiality

The Transducer







Chapter 3. Violence and Touch


Land of Palms

The Technicity of Touch

Violent Conditions

Touch and Event

Repotentialising Matter

Engendering Practice: On Environmentality


Chapter 4. Organism and Gesture


Organism and the Field of Potentiality

Diaphanous Organismicity

Organism and Machine


Response: Against Communication






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Zornitsa Dimitrova is a theatre researcher focusing on the philosophy of technology, the ecological turn, vulnerability studies, and the aesthetics of the Anthropocene. She holds a PhD in English Literature from the University of Münster. She previously published the research monograph Literary Worlds and Deleuze: Expression as Mimesis and Event (2017). Pieces on theatre have appeared in Deleuze Studies, The New Theatre Quarterly, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Performance Philosophy, and Skenè. Journal of Theatre and Drama Studies.