As the nature of contemporary performance continues to expand into new forms, genres and media, it requires an increasingly diverse vocabulary. Reading Contemporary Performance provides students, critics and creators with a rich understanding of the key terms and ideas that are central to any discussion of this evolving theatricality.
Specially commissioned entries from a wealth of contributors map out the many and varied ways of discussing performance in all of its forms – from theatrical and site-specific performances to live and New Media art. The book is divided into two sections:
Three different introductory essays provide multiple entry points into the discussion of contemporary performance, and cross-references for each entry also allow the plotting of one’s own pathway. Reading Contemporary Performance is an invaluable guide, providing not just a solid set of familiarities, but an exploration and contextualisation of this broad and vital field.
Part 1: Performance Editorial Introduction Section 1: Time Archive Historiography Historicity Inscription Liminality Memory Narrative/narratology Reenactment Remains Reproduction Syncopation Trace Quotation Endurance art Section 2: Space Discipline Environmental Theater Found/artificial space Hypocritical/fake space Hierarchy Landscape Theater Mise en scene Paratheater Performative Photography Prison Culture Proxemics Scenography Site Specific Performance Surveillance Virtual Performance Section 3: ActionAppropriation Art Choreography Collaboration Cybernetics Dance Event Experimental Music Hybridity Liveness Matrixed/non-matrixed Mediation Media Mimesis Mimicry New Genre Public Art Negative Mimesis Performatics Play Post-linearity Propaganda Repertoire Simulacra War Section 4: Performer Actor Affect Alterity Animalworks Camp Circus Devising Digital Performance Docudrama Double-coding Drag Embodiment Emotions Ethnic Drag Explicit Body performance Extreme Performance Gender Gestus Glossolalia Parody Pornograpy Obscenity Restored Behavior Rhetoric Roles Subject Position Section 5:Audience Communitas Emotional Contagion Empathy Frame/Framing Gaze Invisible Theater Prosthetic Performance (including Critical Subjectivity and Documentation) Reception Theory Spectator Part 2: Methodologies and Turning Points IntroductionAnimal Studies Anti-Art Auteur Theater Body Art Ecological Theater Epic Theater Feminisms Fluxus Globalization/Glocalization Happenings Identity Politics Identification/dis-identification Intercultural Performance Intermediality Marxism Minimalism Modernism Montage Multicentricity Performance Art/Live Art Performance Studies Phenomenology Postcolonial/Subaltern Studies Postmodernism Post-Porn Modernism Robotics and information Art Semiotics/semiology Terrorism and Performance/Theater of Cruelty Transnationalism Race Whiteness