(Un)spectacular Bodies (Do Not) Go to War. Uniforms and Discipline Cover Image

(Nie)widowiskowe ciała (nie) idą na wojnę. Uniformy i dyscyplina
(Un)spectacular Bodies (Do Not) Go to War. Uniforms and Discipline

Author(s): Alicja Muller
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Culture and social structure , Studies in violence and power, Theory of Literature
Published by: Wydawnictwo Uniwersytetu Śląskiego
Keywords: mask; body; power; ballet

Summary/Abstract: The aim of this article is to present uniforms (or costumes) as masks used by the disciplinary authority to control and change bodies. By the word “costume” I understand both the material object and a repertoire of abstract rules according to which bodies are formed and trained. Defined in this way, the mask is a medium which, on the one hand, covers the individual characteristics of whoever wears it, and, on the other, somehow directs his or hers actions. To describe this mechanism, I choose two seemingly different spaces: classic ballet and the military. I show that in both disciplinary power operates on similar – perhaps even identical – principles. In the first part of the article, I develop the concept of mask-costume, focusing on its theatrical character. In the second part, I study two texts of culture: Cezary Tomaszewski’s play „Cezary goes to war” (2017) and Artur Żmijewski’s short film „KRWP” (2000). They provide excellent material to exemplify my initial diagnoses.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 37
  • Page Range: 11-24
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Polish