by Emma

“performative acts (as bodily acts) are ‘non-referential’ because they do not refer to pre-existing conditions, such as an inner essence, substance, or being supposedly expressed in these acts; no fixed, stable identity exists that they could express. expressivity thus stands in oppositional relation to performativity. bodily, performative acts do not express a pre-existing identity but engender identity through these very acts.”

—erika fischer-lichte, the transformative power of performance: a new aesthetics

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