Gestural Economies and Production Pedagogies in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening
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In Deaf West’s Broadway revival of Spring Awakening, embodied gestures expose and challenge representational and infrastructural norms that drive commercial musical theatre. The company’s blend of ASL and spoken text extends the overarching message about failed sociocultural ideals to the realm of deaf culture. Micro-practical actions and interactions function tacitly to denaturalize audio-centric standards that guide theatrical reception, internal cueing, and technical production.
SubjectPerformance, Performance Studies, Dance Studies, Theatrical Production, Broadway, Disability Studies, Accessibility
Published Version (Please cite this version)10.1162/DRAM_a_00553
Publication InfoWilbur, Sarah (2016). Gestural Economies and Production Pedagogies in Deaf West’s Spring Awakening. TDR/The Drama Review, 60(2). pp. 145-153. 10.1162/DRAM_a_00553. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/17247.
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Assistant Professor Of The Practice of Dance
Sarah Wilbur (Assistant Professor of the Practice/Dance) is a cross-sector choreographer and dance/performance researcher who studies artistic labor, identity and institutionalization, currently in a US context. She brings a strong field orientation to bear on her academic research, including over twenty years of field experience working across the cultural economies of concert dance, theatre, musical theater, opera, K-12 education, health care, and Veterans’ Affairs. Both her creative