1st Edition

Performance as Research Knowledge, methods, impact

    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    378 Pages
    by Routledge

    Performance as Research (PAR) is characterised by an extraordinary elasticity and interdisciplinary drive. Performance as Research: Knowledge, Methods, Impact celebrates this energy, bringing together chapters from a wide range of disciplines and eight different countries. This volume focuses explicitly on three critical, often contentious themes that run through much discussion of PaR as a discipline:

    • Knowledge - the areas and manners in which performance can generate knowledge
    • Methods - methods and methodologies for approaching performance as research
    • Impact - a broad understanding of the impact of this form of research

    These themes are framed by four essays from the book's editors, contextualising their interrelated conversations, teasing out common threads, and exploring the new questions that the contributions pose to the field of performance. As both an intervention into and extension of current debates, this is a vital collection for any reader concerned with the value and legitimacy of performance as research.


    List of Figures

    List of Contributors


    INTRODUCTION I. Bruce Barton, "Wherefore PAR?: Discussions on a line of flight"

    INTRODUCTION II. Melanie Dreyer-Lude, "Threads: Linking PaR Practice Across Spectrums"

    1. Jonathan Heron and Baz Kershaw, "On PaR: A dialogue about Performance-as-Research"
    2. Pil Hansen, "Research-Based Practice: Facilitating Transfer across Artistic, Scholarly, and Scientific Inquiries"
    3. Joanna Bucknall, "The Daisy Chain Model: an approach to epistemic mapping and dissemination in performance based research"
    4. Valentina Signore, "A New Rhetoric: Notes on Performance as Research in Academia"
    5. Yelena Gluzman, "Research as Theatre (RaT): Positioning theatre at the centre of PaR, and PaR at the centre of the academy"
    6. Annette Arlander, "Agential Cuts and Performance as Research"
    7. Laurelann Porter, "Antromovimento: Developing a new methodology for theatre anthropology"
    8. Manola K. Gayatri, "PaR and Decolonisation: Notemakings from an Indian and South African Context"
    9. Göze Saner, "Containers of Practice: Would you step into my shell?"
    10. INTRODUCTION III. Ben Spatz, "Mad Lab—or Why We Can’t Do Practice as Research"

    11. Yvon Bonenfant, "PaR Produces Plethora, Extended Voices are Plethoric, and Why Plethora Matters"
    12. Stephen Jürgens and Carla Fernandes, "Choreographic Practice-as-Research: Visualizing Conceptual Structures in Contemporary Dance"
    13. Shana Macdonald, "The City (as) Place: Performative Re-mappings of Urban Space Through Artistic Research"
    14. Monica Sand, "Resonance in the Steps of Rubicon"
    15. Juan Manuel Aldape Muñoz, "Violence and Performance Research Methods: Direct-Action, ‘Die-ins,’ and Allyship in a Black Lives Matter era"

    INTRODUCTION IV. Annette Arlander, "Multiple Futures of Performance as Research?"


    Annette Arlander is an artist, researcher, and pedagogue. She is currently principal investigator of the research project How to Do Things with Performance? and engaged in the project Performing with Plants.

    Bruce Barton is a creator/scholar, Artistic Director of the interdisciplinary performance hub Vertical City, and Director of the School of Creative and Performing Arts, University of Calgary.

    Melanie Dreyer-Lude is a director, actor, producer and teacher. She is a resident producing artist at Civic Ensemble, Ithaca, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance, Missouri University.

    Ben Spatz is author of What a Body Can Do: Technique as Knowledge, Practice as Research and editor of the videographic Journal of Embodied Research. They are currently Senior Lecturer in Drama, Theatre and Performance at University of Huddersfield.