Collaboration, Violence and Difference

Simon Ellis, C. Poole

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We are Colin Poole (UK) and Simon Ellis (NZ) – two dance artists who collaborate as Colin, Simon & I. In this chapter we reflect on the nature of collaboration using Slavoj ŽiŽek's thinking about distortion and violence featured in The Parallax View and Violence: Six Sideways Reflections. The writing reflects our artistic experience – particularly with respect to the development and presentation of our latest performance project Because We Care – in building, maintaining, and challenging collaborative relationships. Whereas collaboration is conventionally thought to demand patience and harmony, we propose that it prospers under conditions that welcome antagonism, difference, friction, and even violence.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationŽižek and Performance
EditorsBroderick Chow, Alex Mangold
Place of PublicationBasingstoke
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan Ltd.
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-40319-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-349-48913-8
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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