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Curating Dramaturgies How Dramaturgy and Curating are Intersecting in the Contemporary Arts

Edited By Peter Eckersall, Bertie Ferdman Copyright 2021
    214 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    214 Pages 46 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    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.

    1 A Way of Living and Coexisting

    Interview with Rita Aquino and Felipe De Assis

    2 To Create a ‘State of Being’ on Stage

    Interview with Kristof Van Baarle

    3 We’re not Idle Witnesses

    Interview with Marc Bamuthi Joseph

    4 In the Belly of the Political Beast

    Interview with Ron Berry

    5 To be a Critic of our own Practice

    Interview with Philip Bither

    6 What is the DNA behind this?

    Interview with Lili Chopra

    7 The Object of my Inquiry

    Interview with Gurur Ertem

    8 We don’t Travel with Headlights but we Leave Tiny Traces

    Interview with Fernando José García Barros

    9 The Complexity of Various Registers

    Interview with Judy Hussie-Taylor

    10 Will the Flirting Continue?

    Interview with Ana Janevski

    11 How can one Employ Strategies from Theater as Curatorial Strategies?

    Interview with Florian Malzacher

    12 Everybody has a Space in the Circle

    Interview with Emilie Monnet

    13 Acts of Self-Preservation

    Interview with Gabi Ngcobo

    14 Just Responding to History is Never Enough

    Interview with Chiaki Soma

    15 A Different Kind of Politics to the Table

    Interview with Nato Thompson


    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.