• Playing (with) Gestic Dolls in Mabou Mines DollHouse

    Author(s):
    Jacqueline Taucar (see profile)
    Date:
    2011
    Group(s):
    Feminist Humanities, Performance Studies
    Subject(s):
    Adaptation, American theatre, Feminist theology, Performance studies, Theatre and society
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    feminist theatre, Womens History Month
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6P04V
    Abstract:
    This article examines the gender discourses at play in Lee Breuer and Maude Mitchell's production "Mabou Mines DollHouse," which re-imagines Henrik Ibsen's play "A Doll House" as a literal dollhouse. By casting the male roles with little people (no more than four feet tall) opposite women (who stand at close to six feet tall), Breuer inverts the scale-to-power ratio, illustrating the absurdity of the power imbalance between the tiny men and the women who tower over them. Employing Brechtian theatre techniques, Mabou Mines DollHouse performatively critiques the symbolic and formative function of the doll to shape and structure contemporary social constructions of women in patriarchal society.
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    Published
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