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Rewriting the VictimDramatization as Research in Thailand's Anti-Trafficking Movement$
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Erin M. Kamler

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780190840099

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2019

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190840099.001.0001

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(p.147) Chapter 8 Embodiment
Rewriting the Victim

Erin M. Kamler

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the subject of embodiment—the aspect of the dramatic process in which actors breathe life into the characters they inhabit. I discuss how, through this breathing and this living, a new layer of reflexivity between research and creative practice is uncovered, and I suggest that the liminal act of embodying a character can evoke new questions and lead to the discovery of new epistemological frameworks in research. Discussing the auditions, rehearsals and first staged readings, or presentations of the musical, I show how the liveness of these collaborative processes served as a way of recovering experience—that is, reclaiming it, and taking its meaning to a new level. Focusing on a new group of participants—the actors—I illustrate the contributions that were made to the “Land of Smiles’ production through their own experiential knowing.

Keywords:   theater, performance, embodiment, character, liveness, collaboration, experience

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