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Semiotics and phenomenology play fundamental roles in Euro-American performance research. The former, which began in the early twentieth century after the rise of avant-garde theatre, focuses on the production of meaning and has constantly responded to shifting theatre practices. Around the 1990s, the semiotic approach became less useful for the analysis of contemporary theatre and performance art that deemphasize or defy signification. As a complement to semiotics, phenomenology was introduced to performance analysis. It suspends the conceptual system on which semiotics is based and highlights the first-person experience, the flow of affect, and thingness in the theatre. Both methodologies take real effect after their integration with critical theories, to address the ethical, social, and political issues in theatre works without overlooking aesthetics.


semiotics, phenomenology, thingness, affect, poststructuralism

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