Noting the self: From embodying Buddhist vipassaná meditation to meditation-based performance

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA)


Faculty of Education and Arts

First Advisor

Associate Professor Maggi Phillips

Second Advisor

Dr Renee Newman-Storen

Third Advisor

Dr Frances Barbe


My practitioner’s interest in Buddhism allows me to see the possibilities of examining what performance might be in relation to or towards the Buddhist meditational concept of nonself by unpacking issues related to a performer’s body and mind relationship, performance and experience, mindfulness and sense of self. This practice-led research explores how staging vipassaná meditation in the making of performance, and as performance itself, can be perceived as a form of experiential performance which questions the spectator/ performer relationship. The processes involved also act as a mode of identity-analysis in mind and body through mindfulness practice. Noting the self reveals that the crucial characteristic in a performer’s mode of being in this form of performance involves an internal distancing of the observer from the observed self.

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