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1st Edition

Performed Imaginaries

ISBN 9781138788695
Published December 11, 2014 by Routledge
206 Pages

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Book Description

In this collection of essays, performance studies scholar and artist Richard Schechner brings his unique perspective to bear upon some of the key themes of society in the 21st century.

Schechner connects the avantgarde and terror, the counter-cultural movement of the 1960s/70s and the Occupy movement; self-wounding art, popular culture, and ritual; the Ramlila cycle play of India and the way imagination structures reality; the corporate world and conservative artists. Schechner asks artists to redeploy Nehru's Third World as a movement not of nations but of like-minded culture workers who must propose counter-performances to war, violence, and the globalized corporate empire.

With characteristic brio, Schechner urges us to play for keeps. "Playing deeply is a way of finding and embodying new knowledge", he writes.

Performed Imaginaries ranges through some of the key moves within Schechner’s oeuvre, and challenges today’s experimental artists, activists, and scholars to generate a new, third world of performance.

Table of Contents

A (New) Third World of Performance

The Conservative Avantgarde

The 60s, TDR, and Performance Studies (interview)

9/11 as a Work of Art?

Performed Imaginaries

Points of Contact Revisited

Self-Inflicted Wounds

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