New research article for Nordic Theatre Studies 27:2 / “Mapping Theatre” (2015)

I’m happy to announce that besides the YOYO – You are On Your Own performance project, I’m working on a research article on the politics of the body in “emancipatory” participative performance. In the article, I present a novel analytical framework that takes the bodily dimension – what is actually done to and expected from the bodies of the participants during the performance event – as the starting point for critical analysis. I suggest that the crucial ideological currencies and processes of exclusion and inclusion of any participative project are not only to be seen in their “goals” or “themes” but, even more clearly, in the modes of bodily participation that they employ. The article will be published in 2015 in the peer-reviewed academic journal Nordic Theatre StudiesMore info to follow later on.

Meanwhile, hope to see you in YOYO performances at URB 14 Festival on 3/4/5 August in Helsinki and in February 2015 in Vienna!

About Joonas Lahtinen

Joonas Lahtinen (* 1984, FIN/A) is a performance artist, director and researcher who lives and works in Vienna and Helsinki. His performances are often site-specific and have a strong installational character. In his works, he explores the politics of space and of the everyday from perspectives that are both humorous and disturbing. Joonas has studied Performance at Queen Mary, University of London and he is writing a PhD thesis about the problematic of “emancipatory” participative art at the University of Helsinki. Since 1995, he has performed in various Live Art, theatre and TV productions both in Finland and abroad.
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