Directing Desire: Intimacy Choreography and Consent in the Twenty-First Century (Hardcover)

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Directing Desire explores the rise of consent-based and trauma-informed approaches to staging sexually and sensually charged scenes for theater in the contemporary U.S., known as intimacy choreography. From 2015 to 2020, intimacy choreography transformed from a grassroots movement in experimental and regional theaters into a best practice accepted in Hollywood and on Broadway. Today, intimacy choreographers have become a veritable "intimacy industry" in the cultural sphere, sparking attention from Rolling Stone to The New York Times to the sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live. This book analyzes the forces that have led to intimacy choreography's meteoric rise and asks what implications the field has for theater practice more broadly. Building a theoretical framework for intimacy directing, Directing Desire also strives to reorient the conversation in the field so that artists understand not only best practices in consent but also intersectional frameworks that expand and rework consent.

About the Author

​Kari Barclay (they/them or he/him) is an award-winning writer, director, and researcher who serves as Visiting Assistant Professor of Theater at Oberlin College, USA. Kari's research interests include gender and sexuality studies, theater directing, consent theory, and asexuality studies. They have created productions regionally and in New York at venues including Art Nova, the San Francisco Mime Troupe, MirrorBox Theater, and Manbites Dog. Their original play CAN I HOLD YOU? was the first full-length piece about asexuality performed in the U.S. and enjoyed a sold-out run in San Francisco and workshop in New York. Their newest play STONEWALLIN' was the winner of the 2021 Southern Queer Playwriting Festival and opened at Richmond Triangle Players in February 2022.
Product Details
ISBN: 9783031312212
ISBN-10: 303131221X
Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
Publication Date: September 24th, 2023
Pages: 208
Language: English