Representing Systemic Violence: The Example of Laundry by Anu Productions

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Abstract

This essay seeks to explore the theatrical or performative representation of the abuse of power, drawing upon Slavoj Žižek’s discussion of systemic and symbolic violence (2008: 1) and relating it to the performance of gendered violence. It also draws upon Gay McAuley’s concept of ‘vanishment’ (2006: 154-5), which describes a process whereby rejected or abjected individuals can disappear from public sight and discourses and so, ultimately, from public consciousness. The essay uses Anu Productions 2011 performance Laundry,directed by Louise Lowe at the Dublin Theatre Festival, as an example of work that attempts the representation of an historical and systemic abuse of power, to illustrate the discussion.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherUniversity of Warwick
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2012

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