ISSN: 17564921
First published in 2009
2 issues per volume
Volume 4 Issue 2
Cover Date: October 2012
Imagining O encountering India: Recounting an embodied experience
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Authors:  Roanna Mitchell And  Pablo Pakula 
DOI: 10.1386/safm.4.2.179_1

Keywords
Richard Schechner,audience interaction,embodiment,submission,Shakespeare’s women,the gaze,The Story of O

Abstract
In February 2012, Richard Schechner’s performance-installation Imagining O travelled from its original place of creation in Canterbury (UK) to the International Theatre Festival of Kerala in Thrissur (India). Imagining O is an immersive and participatory experience that brings together voices of Shakespeare’s women and Pauline Reage’s classic French erotic novel The Story of O. This performance report explores the encounter of a primarily European company with the bodies/gazes of an Indian audience, and their role as spectators in shaping the living organism of the performance. Taking a dialogic structure, it exists in the space between two authors’ voices and experiences — Roanna Mitchell as movement director, Dr Pablo Pakula as performer – mirroring the production’s decentred nature and its refusal of an objective standpoint.
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