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Crossing contested borders: Quid Pro Quo (2011) – a performance act embodying the conceptual and material significance of women’s experience of the divide

Demetriou, P.A (2017) 'Crossing contested borders: Quid Pro Quo (2011) – a performance act embodying the conceptual and material significance of women’s experience of the divide.' Platform: Journal of Theatre and Performing Arts, 10 (2). pp. 51-73. ISSN 1751- 0171

Abstract

Contested borders do not only represent the physical, institutional and legal boundaries of geographical frameworks, but also speak for the disputed processes of a constant negotiation between territory, power and sociopolitical identity. The Cyprus Green Line, Barbed-wire, ‘Peace-Force’, Buffer Zone are some of the collection of names that personify the geographical frontier, or the twisted iron thorned object that runs horizontally from East to West of the island, separating the northern from the southern part since 1974. This quintessential symbol of war, exile and migration is not only a technology of social control that memorialises the violent history that lead to its forceful establishment; it is not only made out of barbed-wire, sand bags and military troops, but it is also a physical manifestation of cultural construction that represents the Cypriot’s political and socio-cultural anxiety. This article addresses an artistic practice that emerged from conflict and struggles of forced migration, focusing on Cypriot performance artist Christina Georgiou’s performance intervention Quid pro quo (2011). Through discussion of this piece, the paper asks how performance is used to engage with such crises, through reenacting women’s experiences of encountering technologies of war.

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The theme for this issue is 'Theatre and Crisis'. The article is available to read from the URL above.

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