This book explores theatre and performance as participatory research practices for exploring the everyday of the city.
Taking an inner-city suburb of Johannesburg, South Africa as its central case study, the book considers how theatre and performance might be both useful practical tools in considering the everyday city, as well as conceptual lenses for understanding it. The author establishes an understanding of space as ever evolving and formed through the ongoing relationship between things, human and non-human, and considers how theatre and performance offer useful paradigms for learning about and working with city spaces. As ephemeral, embodied, material artistic practices, theatre and performance mirror the nature of everyday life. The book discusses theatre and performance games and placemaking processes as offering valuable ways of discovering daily acts of place-making and providing insights that more conventional research methods may not allow. Yet the book also considers how seeing daily city life as a kind of performance, a kind of theatre in its own right, helps to further understandings of city spaces as ever evolving through complex webs of relationships.
This book will be of interest to academics, academic practitioners and post-graduate students in the fields of theatre and performance studies, urban studies and cultural geography.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Considering the fields 3. Making space to play 4. What the workshops revealed 5. The event of the play Intermezzo: Izithombe 2094 6. Playing the event again and again
Alexandra Halligey is a Post-Doctoral Fellow with the South African Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning, within the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa. The fellowship is funded by South Africa’s National Research Foundation.