Performance of Absence in Theatre, Performance and Visual Art

This research project investigates the concepts of absence across the disciplines of theatre, visual art, and performance.

Absence in the centre of an ideology frees the reader from the dominant meaning. The book encourages active engagement with theatre theory and performances. Reconsideration of theories and experiences changes the way we engage with performances, as well as social relations and traditions outside of theatre. Sylwia Dobkowska examines and theorises absence and presence through theatre, performance, and visual arts practices.

This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of theatre, visual art, and philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction: towards an intercultural theorisation of absence

1. Absence and Theatre Studies 

2. Absence and Objects  

3. Absence and Performers  

4. Absence and Audience