Makings of Dr. Charcot's Hysteria Shows Research Through Performance

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This study describes the creative process of generating the ensemble performance work Dr. Charcot's Hysteria Shows, including the use of Labanotation and group improvisations in decoding the body language of 19th-century hysterics at the Salpetriere, with interpolations from Freud's case histories. This event takes its visual roots from period photographs and drawings used by Dr. Jean-Martin Charcot (France's first psychiatrist) and his followers at the Paris public asylum for madwomen. The verbal text draws from and responds to writings by Sigmund Freud on women, and Charcot's famous lectures, filtered through 20th-century feminist criticism and theory. With illustrations.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents:
1. The Hysteria Project: Doing Research Through Performance (Dianne Hunter)
2. Choreographer's Notes (Judy Dworin)
3. The Use of Labonotation in the Creation of Dr. Charcot's Hysteria Shows (Brad Roth)
4. Case Histories (Dianne Hunter)
5. Dr. Charcot's Hysteria Shows (Lenora Champagne, Judy Dworin, Dianne Hunter)
6. 1989 Additions: Florence Nightingale (Lenora Champagne)
7. Post-Mortem (Jerry Rojo)
Bibliography, Notes on Contributors, Acknowledgments

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