The Performative Reflection of Human Differentiation
in Theater: Gender and Ethnicity
This theater studies project focuses on an institution that handles human differentiation in a playful manner and is capable of performatively reflecting the manufacturedness and contingency of social categories. By embodying another person as a profession, theater actors transcend and de/differentiate even categorizations that are framed as biological every evening.
With a focus on un/doing gender and un/doing ethnicity, the project investigates and compares two specific cases of such transgressive casting. Institutional practices are observed with regard to casting decisions, as are the theatrical practices of presentation and perception during the rehearsal process and the theatrical event.