Curating Dramaturgies investigates the transformation of art and performance and its impact on dramaturgy and curatorship. Addressing contexts and processes of the performing arts as interconnecting with visual arts, this book features interviews with leading curators, dramaturgs and programmers who are at the forefront of working in, with, and negotiating the daily practice of interdisciplinary live arts.
The book offers a view of praxis that combines perspectives on theory and practice and looks at the way that various arts institutions, practitioners and cultural agents have been working to change the way that art and performance have developed and experienced by spectators in the last decade.
Curating Dramaturgies argues that cultural producers and scholars are becoming more cognizant of this overlapping and transforming field. The introductory essay by the editors explores the rise of interdisciplinary live arts and its ramifications in cultural and political terms. This is further elaborated in the interviews with 15 diversely placed arts professionals who are at the forefront of rethinking and consolidatingthe ever-evolving field of the visual arts and performance.
Table of Contents
1 A Way of Living and Coexisting 2 To Create a ‘State of Being’ on Stage 3 We’re not Idle Witnesses 4 In the Belly of the Political Beast 5 To be a Critic of our own Practice 6 What is the DNA behind this? 7 The Object of my Inquiry 8 We don’t Travel with Headlights but we Leave Tiny Traces 9 The Complexity of Various Registers 10 Will the Flirting Continue? 11 How can one Employ Strategies from Theater as Curatorial Strategies? 12 Everybody has a Space in the Circle 13 Acts of Self-Preservation 14 Just Responding to History is Never Enough 15 A Different Kind of Politics to the Table
Peter Eckersall is Professor of Theatre Studies in the PhD Program in Theatre and Performance at the Graduate Center, CUNY and Honorary Professorial Fellow in the School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.
Bertie Ferdman is Associate Professor at BMCC at CUNY.