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Performance Cultures as Epistemic Cultures, Volume I
(Re)Generating Knowledges in Performance

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ISBN 9781032445724
April 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

(Re)Generating Knowledges in Performance investigates performances as situated "machineries of knowing" (Karin Knorr Cetina), exploring them as relational processes for, in and with which performers as well as spectators actively (re)generate diverse practices of knowing, knowledges and epistemologies.

Performance cultures are distinct but interconnected environments of knowledge practice. Their characteristic features depend not least on historical as well as contemporary practices and processes of interweaving performance cultures. The book presents case studies from diverse locations around the globe, including Argentina, Canada, China, Greece, India, Poland, Singapore, and the US. Authored by leading scholars in theater, performance and dance studies, its chapters probe not only what kinds of knowledges are (re)generated in performances, for example cultural, social, aesthetic and/or spiritual knowledges. The contributions investigate also how performers and spectators practice knowing (and not-knowing) in performances, paying particular attention to practices and processes of interweaving performance cultures and the ways in which they contribute to shaping performances as dynamic "machineries of knowing" today.

Ideal for researchers, students and practitioners of theater, performance, and dance, (Re)Generating Knowledges in Performance explores vital knowledge-serving functions of performance, investigating and emphasizing in particular the impact and potential of practices and processes of interweaving of performance cultures that enable performers and spectators to (re)generate crucial knowledges in increasingly diverse ways.

Table of Contents


List of Figures

Contributor Bios

Introduction: Performance Cultures as Epistemic Cultures — (Re)Generating Knowledges through Interweaving Performance Cultures

Torsten Jost

PART I – (Re)Generating Cultural and Social Knowledges

  1. Building Relations, Engendering Knowledge: Te Rēhia Theatre’s SolOthello in Toronto
  2. Ric Knowles

  3. Contesting the Povāḍā as an Epistemological Mode: History, Form and Performance
  4. Kedar Arun Kulkarni

  5. Kaṭṭaikkūttu as Practice-Based Knowledge
  6. Hanne M. de Bruin

    PART II – (Re)Generating Aesthetic Knowledges

  7. Aesthetic Knowledge and Aesthetic Experience
  8. Erika Fischer-Lichte

  9. What Knowledges Do Dance Viewers Generate?
  10. Susan Leigh Foster

  11. Learning "to be Affected": Attaining "Relational Knowledge" through Interweaving in Acting
  12. Phillip Zarrilli

    PART III – (Re)Generating Spiritual Knowledges

  13. On Being and Unknowing: Moving with an "Other" in Capoeira, Contact Improvisation and Queer Tango
  14. Ann Cooper Albright

  15. Approaching Practices of Acting through Concepts of Daoist Philosophy
  16. Lynette Hunter


  17. Teatr ZAR’s Song Theater as Spiritual Knowledge
  18. Maria Shevtsova

  19. Coda: Meditation on Not-Knowing

Christel Weiler



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Erika Fischer-Lichte is director of the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at Freie Universität Berlin.

Torsten Jost is a researcher and academic coordinator at the Cluster of Excellence Temporal Communities: Doing Literature in a Global Perspective at Freie Universität Berlin.

Milos Kosic studied creative writing at the City College of New York and English Studies at Freie Universität Berlin.

Astrid Schenka is a performing arts scholar, dramaturg and translator. She currently works as a Research Associate at the International Research Center “Interweaving Performance Cultures” at the Freie Universität Berlin as well as a guest lecturer at the Zurich University of the Arts.