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:
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.
List of Figures
Beginnings in the Balkans
Relations and Relationships
"Cleaning the House"
Origins and authenticity
Defining moments and early discoveries
Global perspective / nomadic outlook
Conditions for creativity
Desert as source
"Transitory Objects" and spectator interactivity
Cage and Klein
The mind’s potential
Trance states and experiences of time
Space and place
Return to the Balkans
Early works up to 1975
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
The Artist is Present, 512 Hours and The Cleaner
Sensory Awareness and receptivity
Memory and Re-membering
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:
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.