‘Come all savage creatures’: Becoming Bakkhai in the southwest of Western Australia
Affective Movements, Methods and Pedagogies
Taylor & Francis
Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
This chapter tracks affective dimensions of participation in an applied theatre project that produced a new version of Euripides’ Bakkhai, developed collaboratively with artists and a community ensemble in the south west of Western Australia. It describes affective analysis of both the audio recording and written transcript of a focus group discussion with cast and creative team. This analysis revealed that: Bakkhai’s corporeal and sensual studio methods established affective relations between participants, the play-world, and the proximate more-than-human world; affective community offered a sense of belonging in the region; and audience affect produced deep understanding of the power of performance.
Society and Culture
Creativity, culture and artistic practice