'It's All So Pointless. Ah, But It's Not Though, Is It? It's Really Real and When You Feel It You Can Really Feel It': Theatre and Performance within Metamodernism

Conference keynote


Drayton, T. 2023. 'It's All So Pointless. Ah, But It's Not Though, Is It? It's Really Real and When You Feel It You Can Really Feel It': Theatre and Performance within Metamodernism. The Metamodern Circus. NoFit State Circus, Cardiff (UK) 26 - 26 May 2023 The Circus Diaries.
AuthorsDrayton, T.
TypeConference keynote
Abstract

According to art critic Jerry Saltz (2010), the post-postmodern artist is one who proclaims that ‘I know that the art I’m creating may seem silly, even stupid, or that it might have been done before, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t serious’. In the intervening decade, trends in contemporary performance practice towards a renewed emphasis on storytelling, authenticity, and an affective connection between actors, audiences and communities are illustrative of a move away from the tropes of postmodern irony, detachment, and pastiche, and towards what scholars within wider cultural studies have defined as the metamodern – a cultural structure of feeling that oscillates between disparate polarities; performance that is simultaneously both sincere and sarcastic, both ironic and enthusiastic, both hopeful and hopeless.

KeywordsMetamodernism; Metamodern Theatre; Circus
Year2023
ConferenceThe Metamodern Circus
PublisherThe Circus Diaries
Publication dates
Online31 Aug 2023
Publication process dates
Completed26 May 2023
Deposited18 Sep 2023
Web address (URL) of conference proceedingshttps://metamodernfestival.org/Programme
External resourceKeynote: Dr Tom Drayton
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