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Performing Asian Transnationalisms

Theatre, Identity, and the Geographies of Performance, 1st Edition

By Amanda Rogers

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252 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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This book makes a significant contribution to interdisciplinary engagements between Theatre Studies and Cultural Geography in its analysis of how theatre articulates transnational geographies of Asian culture and identity. Deploying a geographical approach to transnational culture, Rogers analyses the cross-border relationships that exist within and between Asian American, British East Asian, and South East Asian theatres, investigating the effect of transnationalism on the construction of identity, the development of creative praxis, and the reception of works in different social fields. This book therefore examines how practitioners engage with one another across borders, and details the cross-cultural performances, creative opportunities, and political alliances that result. By viewing ethnic minority theatres as part of global — rather than simply national — cultural fields, Rogers argues that transnational relationships take multiple forms and have varying impetuses that cannot always be equated to diasporic longing for a homeland or as strategically motivated for economic gain. This argument is developed through a series of chapters that examine how different transnational spatialities are produced and re-worked through the practice of theatre making, drawing upon an analysis of rehearsals, performances, festivals, and semi-structured interviews with practitioners. The book extends existing discussions of performance and globalization, particularly through its focus on the multiplicity of transnational spatiality and the networks between English-language Asian theatres. Its analysis of spatially extensive relations also contributes to an emerging body of research on creative geographies by situating theatrical praxis in relation to cross-border flows. Performing Asian Transnationalisms demonstrates how performances reflect and rework conventional transnational geographies in imaginative and innovative ways.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Transnational Geographies and 'Asian' Performance 1. Transnational Theatre Networks 2. Intersectional Identities in Transnational Theatre Part 1: Transnationalism in Context 3.Glocalisation at the Singapore Arts Festival 4. Performing Displacement: Asian American Diasporic and Refugee Theatre 5. Touring Transnationality: The Production of British East Asian Theatre Part 2: Transnationalism across Contexts 6. Singapore-Scotland: Transnational Policy and Theatrical Exchange 7. Relational Spaces of Protest: The Orphan of Zhao Controversy 8. Translocal Circulation: From M. Butterfly to Mu-Lan Conclusion: A Slice of Transnationalism, Performance and Asian Identity

About the Author

Amanda Rogers is Lecturer in Human Geography in the Department of Geography, Swansea University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies

This series is our home for cutting-edge, upper-level scholarly studies and edited collections. Considering theatre and performance alongside topics such as religion, politics, gender, race, ecology, and the avant-garde, titles are characterized by dynamic interventions into established subjects and innovative studies on emerging topics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PER000000
PERFORMING ARTS / General
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
SOC015000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Human Geography