Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor's Work

Foreign Bodies of Knowledge

By Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento

© 2009 – Routledge

180 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

A sophisticated analysis of how the intersection of technique, memory, and imagination inform performance, Crossing Cultural Borders Through the Actor’s Work redirects the intercultural debate by focusing exclusively on the actor at work. Alongside the perspectives of other prominent intercultural actors, this study draws from original interviews with Ang Gey Pin (formerly with the Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards) and Roberta Carreri (Odin Teatret). By illuminating the hidden creative processes usually unavailable to outsiders--the actor’s apprenticeship, training, character development, and rehearsals--Nascimento both reveals how assumptions based on race or ethnicity are misguiding, trouble definitions of intra- and intercultural practices, and details how performance analyses and claims of appropriation fail to consider the permanent transformation of the actor’s identity that cultural transmission and embodiment represent.


'Although dealing with a very complex topic, Claudia Tatinge Nascimento manages to make her point clear. Based on theoretical and practical data as well as on personal experience, the author presents a very coherent and readable book which may be of great interest both for experts and laypersons, for theatre scholars and scholars of cultural studies, literature and others.' -

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments. 1. The Cultural Temperature of the Twentieth Century. 2. Race, Culture, and the Myth of the Authentic. 3. Tenuous Boundaries: Intra- and Intercultural Embodiments. 4. Peep Show: The Hidden Lives of the Intercultural Actor. 5. Fictive Realities: Character and the Eye of the Beholder. Afterword: A Theatre of Instabilities. Appendix A: Forgotten Memories in Action: An Interview with Ang Gey Pin. Appendix B: Playing the Invisible: An Interview with Roberta Carreri. Notes. Bibliography. Index.

About the Author

Actor, director, and scholar Cláudia Tatinge Nascimento, PhD, performs and conducts research internationally. Tatinge Nascimento is an Associate Professor in the Theatre Department at Wesleyan University, and her articles have appeared in Biblioteca Teatrale (Italy), Didaskalia (Poland), and Theatre Research International, among others.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering theatre and performance alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, and the avant-garde, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
DRAMA / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Acting & Auditioning
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Stagecraft