Nicholas Ridout

Title: Cat Time

Abstract: Daniel Heller Roazen starts his exploration of what it feels like to feel that you are feeling something by writing about the cat Murr, whose life and opinions appear in E.T.A Hoffmann's novel. Some time later, Jacques Derrida is embarrassed to be seen naked in his bathroom by his cat. A few years after that Nicholas Ridout sets Derrida's cat to work to show that the strangest thing about 'animals' on stage is that we find it strange to find them there. Now the time has come to think about cat time; to wonder, that is, what cats might feel themselves feeling on stage, in performance, and how we non-feline animals might experience the duration of cat time burrowed out from within the two hours traffic of the stage.

Bio: Nicholas Ridout teaches in the Department of Drama at Queen Mary, University of London. He is the author of Stage Fright, Animals and Other Theatrical Problems (CUP: 2006), and co-editor, with Joe Kelleher, of Contemporary Theatres in Europe (Routledge: 2006). He is the co-author, with Claudia Castellucci, Romeo Castellucci, Chiara Guidi and Joe Kelleher of The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio (Routledge: 2007).

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