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    Touching, flirting, whispering: performing intimacy in public

    Walsh, Fintan (2014) Touching, flirting, whispering: performing intimacy in public. TDR: the Drama Review 58 (4), pp. 56-67. ISSN 1054-2043.

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    Abstract

    We want performance to seduce us, and in its own way, performance wants to seduce us. But what forms of intimacy do these circuits of desire model or deliver, and what might they reveal about intimacy on a wider level? I address these questions by considering three performances that pivot on relationships of touch, flirtation, and whispering — forms of intimate contact that slip into, and back on, one another: Glasgow based performer Adrian Howells’s 'Foot Washing for the Sole' (2008); Belgian theatre company Ontroerend Goed’s 'Internal' (2007); and German-British artist Tino Sehgal’s 'These Associations' (2012).

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