86529: Performative Spaces: Miss Julie

Miss Julie August Strindberg, 1888

Synopsis

The play depicts a brief affair between a Lord’s daughter and a male servant. Miss Julie has a dangerous lack of fear of the consequences of her actions, although the shadow of her abusive father lingers dominantly off stage. The original staging is stark and simple, a country kitchen the unlikely venue for such passion and revolutionary fervour. It may have been written as a cautionary tale warning of the perils of sexual equality, but to a modern audience, the play takes on new meaning.

The original staging is stark and simple, a country kitchen the unlikely venue for such passion and revolutionary fervour. It may have been written as a cautionary tale warning of the perils of sexual equality, but to a modern audience, the play takes on new meaning.

Themes

• A woman’s attempt to overcome the gender, cultural, and environmental forces acting against her • Barriers between the aristocracy and the common folk beginning to collapse • Emotions of men and women – mercurial, impulsive, psychologically and physiologically complex • Darwinism – only the fittest survive

Site Research

Brutalist interiors open up the potential to reinterpret the themes of the original play in a contemporary and spatially and materially evocative setting. The site research questions the politics of workspaces and the interrelationships between emotions, sexuality and power. Students will be encouraged to experiment with abstracting brutalist aesthetics to assist in communicating their visions.

 

 

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