Becoming-with-Animal: An Ecofeminist Performance Practice

  • Florence Fitzgerald-Allsopp Utrecht University, Netherlands
Keywords: performance studies, theatre studies, healing, feminist

Excerpt

Born out of theory that questions human-animal binary opposition, including Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of becoming-animal and multispecies ecofeminist theorist Donna Haraway’s notion of becoming-with, the article proposes the concept of becoming-with-animal. This concept acts as a lens through which to observe
performance practices in alliance with non-human animals, shaping them as necessary healing practices which recognise the urgency of redefining the relationship between human and animal, male and female, dominant and “Other”, in times of environmental crisis. Using this concept as an analytical tool, this article argues that human-animal transformation in the performance of religious ritual and contemporary theatre can be
conceived of as empowering and healing in the context of a Western society that is dominated both by a hetero-patriarchal and anthropocentric logic.

Author Biography

Florence Fitzgerald-Allsopp, Utrecht University, Netherlands

Florence Fitzgerald-Allsopp is a creative producer of contemporary art and performance based in the UK. She recently graduated Cum Laude from Utrecht University, Netherlands, with a Master’s degree in Contemporary Theatre, Dance and Dramaturgy. Her research areas include visual art, performance, curation, feminism,
ritual performance practice, transformation, animals and ecology. Her MA thesis, entitled “Becoming-with-Animal: Cultivating a Feminist Understanding of Human-Animal Transformation in Contemporary Performance Art”, proposes the concept becoming-with-animal as an ecofeminist performance practice which aims to cultivate a new empowered understanding of the relationship between women and animals. She has been awarded a PhD Studentship supervised by Laura Cull at the University of Surrey, commencing in October 2020.

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Published
2020-04-27
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