Disrupting the Binary of Otherness—A Semiotic Reading of the Performance L’autre by Claudio Stellato

Franziska Trapp


Given its title, the contemporary circus performance L’autre, created by Claudio Stellato and Martin Firket in 2008, clearly contributes to discourse about otherness. But by what means and procedures? This paper aims to show how the construction of otherness is based on the repetition and adoption of conventional conceptions of otherness. It explores in what ways the performance simultaneously manages to subvert and overcome commonplace binaries such as “self” and “other” through its semantic structure. By using structuralist methods of analysis,  this paper aims to explain how the performance L’autre functions.

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