Landscapes of making: Autobiography, memory and devised performance

Rea Dennis

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This paper maps the dramaturgical processes active in the making and performing of Train Tracks and Rooftops (2008, 2009, 2010). A contemporary performance piece produced by Lembrança (UK/Brazil) with the support of the ACW, UK and an Australia/Brazil collaboration, the piece emerged from working extensively within a body memory method of devising that is a practice-as-research approach. Through memory fragments of our own childhood places of refuge, Train Tracks and Rooftops set out to explore how the way in which a child claims self (selves) and place outside the familial, creates meaning and builds identity and emplacement. The paper documents the way in which notions of self are contested when working with autobiography and interrogates how memory is revealed in and through the making process and in performance in a way that suggests autobiography, body memory and improvisation are equal in live performance and compellingly exposing of the performer.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCompass Points: The Locations, Landscapes and Coordinates of Identities
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 12 Jul 2012


  • physical performance
  • autobiography and memory
  • embodied dramaturgy


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