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Title: COLLAPSING THE POSTDRAMATIC FUNCTIONS: INTERPRETING POSSIBILITIEDS OF TEXT THROUGH QUANTUM THEORY
Authors: KOH WEN JUN EUGENE
Issue Date: 15-Apr-2019
Citation: KOH WEN JUN EUGENE (2019-04-15). COLLAPSING THE POSTDRAMATIC FUNCTIONS: INTERPRETING POSSIBILITIEDS OF TEXT THROUGH QUANTUM THEORY. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: We are living in the quantum age, when theories of how the most elementary structures in the universe behave have been discovered and widely accepted. It is in this era where a similar revolution happened to our understanding of theatre. Much research has been published analysing the structure of drama and how it echoes concepts derived from quantum physics. However, few have analysed postdramatic theatre and how its structure reflect concepts in quantum theory. The reality that quantum physics describes through its calculations appears to be paradoxical and counterintuitive to human reasoning, and there are many different interpretations of what these calculations imply about our reality. At the same time, postdramatic theatre appears as esoteric as the concepts found in quantum physics. Texts written for postdramatic theatre resist straightforward and direct presentation on stage, akin to how concepts in quantum physics resist an intuitive understanding of reality. The challenge these texts pose for potential productions is how they can be performed, and if they even can be performed at all. In this essay, I analyse a selection of postdramatic plays and how the various performances of these texts exemplify the range of possibilities each text allows or limits its own performance. Following that, I discuss how interpretations of quantum physics enable us to articulate strategies in actualising the probabilities of postdramatic theatre texts into the reality of performance, and in doing so reflect our contemporary understanding of reality.
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