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Marina Abramović

2nd Edition

By Mary Richards

Routledge

180 pages

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Description

Marina Abramović is the creator of pioneering performance art which transcends the form’s provocative origins. Her visceral and extreme performances have tested the limits of both body and mind, communicating with audiences worldwide on a personal and political level. Updated and revised throughout, the book combines:

  • a biography, setting out the contexts of Abramović’s work
  • an examination of the artist through her writings, interviews and influences
  • a detailed analysis of her work, including studies of the Rhythm series, Nightsea Crossing and 512 Hours
  • practical explorations of the performances and their origins.

 

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners offer unbeatable value for today’s student.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  1. BIOGRAPHY AND CONTEXT
  2. Beginnings in the Balkans

    Revolutionary Fervour

    Risk

    Relations and Relationships

    Transition

    "Cleaning the House"

    Continuity

    Origins and authenticity

  3. WRITINGS, INTERVIEWS AND INFLUENCES
  4. Defining moments and early discoveries

    Global perspective / nomadic outlook

    Conditions for creativity

    East West

    Desert as source

    "Transitory Objects" and spectator interactivity

    Cage and Klein

    Documentation

    The mind’s potential

    Trance states and experiences of time

    Space and place

    Creative contradictions

    Video works

    Extended receptivity

    Return to the Balkans

    Spiritual energy

  5. KEY WORKS
  6. Early works up to 1975

    Rhythm series

    Collaborative period (1975-1988)

    Nightsea Crossing and The Lovers: The Great Wall Walk

    1988 to the 2008

    Balkan Baroque and The House with the Ocean View

    2008-2018

    The Artist is Present, 512 Hours and The Cleaner

  7. PRACTICAL EXPLORATIONS AND THEIR ORIGINS

Body Conditioning

Sensory Awareness and receptivity

Memory and Re-membering

GLOSSARY

INDEX

BIBLIOGRAPHY

About the Author/Editor

Mary Richards is a Reader at Brunel University London, UK. She has written a number of papers and journal articles on performance and live art practices.

About the Series

Routledge Performance Practitioners

Routledge Performance Practitioners is an innovative series of introductory handbooks on key figures in twentieth-century performance practice.
Each volume focuses on a theatre-maker who has transformed the way we understand theatre and performance. The books are carefully structured to enable the reader to gain a good grasp of the fundamental elements underpinning each practitioner's work. They provide an inspiring springboard for students on twentieth century, contemporary theatre and theatre history courses.
These compact, well-illustrated and clearly written books unravel the contribution of modern theatre's most charismatic innovators, through:

  • personal biography
  • explanation of key writings
  • description of significant productions
  • reproduction of practical exercises.

As a first step towards critical understanding, and as an initial exploration before going on to further, primary research, Routledge Performance Practitioners are unbeatable value for today's student.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART060000
ART / Performance
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General