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1st Edition

Performances that Change the Americas

ISBN 9780367489496
Published September 30, 2021 by Routledge
248 Pages 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection of essays explores activist performances, all connected to theater or performance training, that have changed the Americas—from Canada to the Southern Cone. Through the study of specific examples from numerous countries, the authors of this volume demonstrate a crucial, shared outlook: they affirm that ordinary people change the direction of history through performance. This project offers concrete, compelling cases that emulate the modus operandi of people like historian Howard Zinn. In the same spirit, the chapters treat marginal groups whose stories underscore the potentially unstoppable and transformative power of united, embodied voices. This book will be of great interest to students and scholars of theatre, performance, art and politics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Chapter 1: Introduction

Case Studies in Activist Performance

Stuart A. Day, the University of Kansas

Chapter 2:

Playing Creole: Circus Dramas, the Theater Marketplace, and Urban Society in Argentina and Uruguay

William Acree, Washington University in St. Louis

Chapter 3:

BASTA: Reactivating Bodies and the Dramaturgy of Femicides in Argentina

Paola Hernández, University of Wisconsin–Madison

Chapter 4:

Carnival in Hell: Kinetic Dissidence and the New Queer Carnivalesque in Contemporary Brazil

Pablo Assumpção Barros Costa, Universidade Federal do Ceará, Brazil

Chapter 5:

Absent Bodies and Melted Weapons: Art and Social Change in Contemporary Colombia

Gastón Alzate and Paola Marín, California State University, Los Angeles

Chapter 6:

Queering Abiayala: Personal and Political Cartographies of the Indigenous Americas

Tiffany D. Creegan Miller, Colby College

Chapter 7:

Music, Poetry, and Créolité in the Songs of Carole Demesmin, Singer, Troubadour, and Activist

Cécile Accilien, Kennesaw State University

Chapter 8:

An Island in Crisis: Theater Groups and Social Change in Puerto Rico in the New Millennium

Priscilla Meléndez, Trinity College

Chapter 9:

Performing the Revolution: Castro’s Cuba

Marta M. Caminero-Santangelo, University of Kansas

Chapter 10

The Queer/Muxe Performance of Disappearance:
Lukas Avendaño’s Butterfly Utopia

Antonio Prieto Stambaugh, Universidad Veracruzana, Mexico

Chapter 11

"Why Are the Canadian Authorities Afraid of This Play?"

Eight Men Speak and Section 98 of the Criminal Code of Canada

Alan Filewod


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Stuart A. Day is Professor of Spanish at the University of Kansas. A graduate of Northern Arizona University, The University of Arizona, and Cornell University, Day’s recent books include Outside Theater: Alliances That Shape Mexico and Modern Mexican Culture