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Surge, Sway and Yaw: Mooring Performances in The Boat Project and A Room for London

Andrews, S (2015) Surge, Sway and Yaw: Mooring Performances in The Boat Project and A Room for London Contemporary Theatre Review.

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Abstract

This article examines performances at moorings in The Boat Project and A Room for London, two projects which both involved performances on and around a boat. In so doing, it advocates ‘mooring performance’ as a critical contribution to discussions on mobility and performance. In their editorial for the first issue of the Mobilities journal (2006), Hannam, Sheller and Urry argue that mobility needs to be understood in combination with moorings, although this perspective has not been fully explored elsewhere. Where Hannam et al. propose that moorings sustain mobility and the flow of capital, this article understands moorings as acts and places of performance, which temporarily bring together people and places. It discusses songs written for The Boat Project and recorded essays in A Room for London that reflect on actual, remembered and imagined experiences of journeys. It considers the significance of location in these mooring performances: The Boat Project at coastal harbours and A Room for London on London’s South Bank. The article concludes that, faced with climate change and economic crisis, mooring performance offers a creative, generative and adaptive engagement with intersections of land and water, people and place that is a negotiation with, as much as a prop for, mobility.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Dance, Film and Theatre
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Andrews, SUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 15 October 2015
Identification Number : 10.1080/10486801.2015.1078326
Additional Information : This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article to be published by Taylor & Francis in Contemporary Theatre Review, October 2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10486801.2015.1078326
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 14 Oct 2015 09:13
Last Modified : 14 Oct 2015 09:13
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/808830

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