Exploring thirty years of work by The Centre for Performance Research (CPR), A Performance Cosmology explores the future challenges of performance and theatre through a diverse and fascinating series of interviews, testimonies and perspectives from leading international theatre practitioners and academics.
Contributors include: Philip Auslander, Rustom Bharucha, Tim Etchells, Jane Goodall, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Jon Mckenzie, Claire MacDonald, Susan Melrose, Alphonso Lingis, Richard Schechner, Rebecca Schneider, Edward Scheer, and Freddie Rokem.
A Performance Cosmology is structured as a travelogue through a matrix of strategic, imaginary, interdisciplinary field stations. This innovative framework enables readings which disrupt linearity and afford different forms of thematic engagement. The resulting volume opens entirely new vistas on the old, new, and as yet unimagined, worlds of performance.
'The diversity of texts and images is careful and generous… There is a pleasing and intelligent sense of resistance in this book and it is timely and helpful.' - Performance Paradigm
Introduction: Into the Rose Garden Part 1: Intimate Conversations: Ways of Working with the Centre for Performance Research 1.1 Tools for Conviviality 1.2 Eight Things I Know Now that I Didn’t Know Before 1.3 Eye and Ear, Foot and Mouth: Mapping Performance in Three Journeys and One Withdrawal 1.4 Express Trains: Working at CPR 1.5 Singing Praise 1.6 Ten Things I Love about You 1.7 A Little Big Boots: On Participating in Summer Shift 2004 1.8 Performances of Truth 1.9 Pro-Found and Impossible 1.10 A Memory or Two Before I Know it… 1.11 The Nature and Culture of Performance 1.12 Ten Fragments 1.13 The Courage to Create: Food, Alchemy, Objects and Performance: Selected Interviews with Richard Gough Part 2: Testimony from the Future Richard Schechner Interviewed by Richard Gough. A River of Senses and a Touch of Otherness. Declaration of Poetic Disobedience. Interactive Environments and Digital Perception. AnimalCam: Ocularcentrism and Non-Human Performance. Global Feeling: (Almost) All You Need is Love. Writing (After) the Event: Notes on Appearance, Passage and Hope. The Scribes of Merlin. 'An Obscure Lecture'. What I Can't Recall. Stones in the Mind. Marking Time. Aporias of Ekphrasis: The Performance Archive - Archiving the Performance. Legwork - Thinking Showing Doing. Who Knows - and Who Cares - About Performance Mastery? Incomplete Alphabet. Hounded Buildings: Site, Performance and Traumatic Memory. The Memory of Promise: Theatre and the Ethic of the Future. Open Wounds. Ramblers Associations. Witnessing the Witness. The Effect Produced. Dear Friends and Family. The Writing of the Event. An Untenable Identity Formation: Eleutheria in 8 Parts. Eleutheromania: Performance Art and the War on Terror. Time, Space, Topography. Arrested Life: A Sadness Without an Object. Delirium: Nostalgia, Theatre and Public Space. Why There is Wind. Rustom Bharucha Interviewed by Richard Gough Part 3: Evidence of the Past 3.1 From the Laboratory to the Centre: History, Training, the Academy and the Book - Selected Interviews with Richard Gough 3.2 Perfect Time: Imperfect Tense. An Object Exercise in Conditional Remembrance 3.3 Bibliophobia 3.4 Resource Centre Time/Space Collapse 3.5 Chronology of 30 Years of Productions, Festivals, Conferences, Workshops and Publications