Belacquobatics: Deleuze, Affect and Beckett’s Affective Athleticism

  • Daniel Koczy
Part of the Performance Philosophy book series (PPH)


This chapter approaches the body in Beckett’s theatre by way of Artaud’s conception of an affective athlete and Deleuze and Guattari’s accounts of affect. By examining Beckett’s interest in Dante’s Belacqua, his Company and Act Without Words 1, it argues that the body in performances of Beckett’s work undergoes becomings, and a becoming-animal, through the precise limitation of affect and through the fabrication of carefully restricted assemblages. Inventing the concept of belacquobatics, this chapter also provides a new means for thinking affect in theatre and performance theory.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Koczy
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  1. 1.Newcastle upon TyneUK

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