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In order to attempt to answer the question:” In what ways is it possible to challenge the power relations between humans and non-humans in performance?”, this thesis will begin to explore the power structures between non-human animals and human animals. The idea of performative agency, and non-human animal performance value will be looked as, as a means of calculating the place non-human animals occupy within the world of performance.
This essay will mostly focus on the thoughts of Lourdes Orozco, Gilles Deleuze, Gayatari Chakravorty Spivak and Alan Read as a means of creating context and understanding the role of non-human animals within Western philosophy, the role of non-human animals in performance.but also as a way of attempting to contextualise the lack of agency of non-human animals in parallel to the plight of the subaltern. The performance duo Performance for Pets will be examined to see the methods used in order to try to challenge the power structures of non-human animals and human animals on stage. The vocabulary surrounding performance, non-human animals and power structures will be explored as well as the methods by which this vocabulary can challenge the space non-human animals occupy within our theatrical culture. This thesis will describe ideas behind anthropomorphism in popular culture and its’ role in creating an imaginative space which can in turn lead to empathetic behaviour from humans to non-humans.
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