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Access as aesthetic experience for theatre -Focused on the audio-descriptive approach of B BE BEE(2023)

  • The Journal of Korean drama and theatre
  • 2024, (81), pp.107-142
  • Publisher : The Learned Society Of Korean Drama And Theatre
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : February 28, 2024
  • Accepted : April 15, 2024
  • Published : April 30, 2024

Seulgi Kim 1

1연세대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

Over the past decade in the Korean theatre scene, various practices and discourses regarding the performance experience of audiences with disability have accumulated. Nevertheless, due to the inherent specificity of theatrical art, where the scene is constructed through the interaction of diverse components in a limited time and space, and audiences experience it together as a temporary community, access in theatre has often been considered supplementary and additional service under a ableist society. This study aims to analyze the audio-descriptive approach of the theatre B BE BEE based on John Dewey’s “aesthetic experience” exploring how integrated access can be achieved in theatre. B BE BEE illustrates the practice of human performer to connect non-human insects, bees, by trying to break away from anthropocentricism. Focusing on the practices explored and devised during the rehearsal process, this paper examines the use of various sounds other than verbal language for audio introductions, interaction with non-human choruses, and the descriptive speech of the performer related to the affect in terms of material, sensory, performative context. B BE BEE not only suggests ‘access valid to personal sense’ while varying the guidelines of audio description that prioritize objectivity but also emphasizes reconsidering the conventional ableism theatre aesthetics and rehearsal process. Describing the intention of directing and performing strategies, this study holds significance in mediating theory and practice.

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