One major consideration, often overlooked in performance explorations of gender is the importance of the audience in the interactive event of ‘gendering’ a performer. Butler describes this in Gender Trouble (1999) explaining that gender is defined and performed through repetitive acts of social interaction and intelligibility. These acts do not exist in a vacuum but rather in constant consort with an external audience, for one does not perform gender acts for oneself but for an audience that dictates and recognises those acts and therefore interprets the performance in order to gender the performer.
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