Gestural Economies and Production Pedagogies in Deaf West's "Spring Awakening"

Journal Article (Essay)

In Deaf West’s Broadway revival of Spring Awakening, embodied gestures expose and challenge representational and infrastructural norms that drive commercial musical theatre. The company’s blend of ASL and spoken text extends the overarching message about failed sociocultural ideals to the realm of deaf culture. Micro-practical actions and interactions function tacitly to denaturalize audio-centric standards that guide theatrical reception, internal cueing, and technical production.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Wilbur, S

Cited Editors

  • Nicely, M

Published Date

  • May 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 60 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 145 - 153

Published By


  • 8

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1531-4715

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1162/DRAM_a_00553

Conference Location

  • United States