Theatre and Performance Studies: Performing the interview of circus performers / Beginning with Steiner’s Indications for Speech and Drama and their later Australian and English interpretation
Performing the interview of circus performers
This presentation will demonstrate and discuss my method and methodology for the data collection being used for my PhD thesis. My research concerns the history and development of the Australian contemporary circus company, Circus Oz, which was formed in the late 1970s by a group of New Wave theatre practitioners. To gather the information about its development, I am collecting documents (show programmes, posters etc.), reviewing tapes of the shows (there are recordings of the shows that date back as far as 1978), but most importantly I am interviewing company members, including founding members, to gather their oral histories. Video recording their oral histories was chosen for this project because it provides more nuance to the data analysis as the participants are physical performers and much of their conversation and information lies in non-verbal communication, as well as verbal. Since Circus Oz is based in Melbourne, my research has been delayed due to the current pandemic, however, now that borders are presently open, I will be traveling to Melbourne three days after this seminar presentation for an extended field-research trip. Because I have already conducted some preliminary interviews, in this seminar I will be discussing how my method has changed, why I believe it is important to conduct these interviews face-to-face, and why I think this method is successfully gathering the information that will greatly benefit my PhD.
Jesse Jensen-Kohl Bio:
Jesse has been a circus arts practitioner for over 20 years and in 2017 he stepped away from full time work in the medium to conduct academic research on the circus arts. Jesse completed Macquarie University’s first Circus Studies Masters thesis, Running Away to the Circus (Jensen-Kohl, 2018) and during his research it became clear to him that there was no comprehensive research document on the history and development of the company, Circus Oz which is considered to be the longest running company of its form in Australia and elsewhere. Jesse is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney where he is recording the history and development of Circus Oz.
Beginning with Steiner’s Indications for Speech and Drama and their later Australian and English interpretation
This presentation will look at the beginnings of Steiner’s indications for the actor in 1919 when he gave Speech classes to the College of Teachers at the first Waldolf school in Stuttgart. It will explore how he put articulation and breath exercises into a participatory consciousness of a world of macrocosm and microcosm and how later Australian and English teachers creatively interpreted these indications.
Neil Anderson Bio:
Neil has been making a study of Rudolf Steiner Indications for the Actor for a number of years now and is developing a place in the field of research around the actor Michael Chekhov.