The extraordinary body? training and creation in the work of Zen Zen Zo physical theatre

Lazaroo, Natalie (2012) The extraordinary body? training and creation in the work of Zen Zen Zo physical theatre. Axon: Creative Explorations, 2 1: .

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Author Lazaroo, Natalie
Title The extraordinary body? training and creation in the work of Zen Zen Zo physical theatre
Journal name Axon: Creative Explorations
ISSN 1838-8973
Publication date 2012-09-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 2
Issue 1
Total pages 9
Place of publication Canberra, Australia
Publisher University of Canberra
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Brisbane-based physical theatre company Zen Zen Zo claims to be at the forefront of actor training and contemporary performance in Australia, having developed its own style of training and performance forged from the Suzuki Method of Actor Training, the Viewpoints and Butoh. In this paper, I propose that training seeks to create what I call the ‘extraordinary body’ of the performer, one that is physically dynamic and engaging. Further, I argue that this body is a philosophical construct underpinned by the company’s appropriation of Mikhail Bakhtin’s carnival theories, giving rise to a body that is transgressive and unsettling.

What then becomes of this extraordinary body as it is placed in the process of creating work for the stage? By examining how the extraordinary body works in Zen Zen Zo’s use of the Composition method, I question the assumptions placed on this body, suggesting that is ultimately a limited entity.
Keyword Zen Zen Zo
Suzuki method of actor training
the Viewpoints
Butoh
extraordinary (EO) body
Composition
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Issue 3: Embodied Knowledges

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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