1st Edition

Reading Contemporary Performance Theatricality Across Genres

Edited By Gabrielle Cody, Meiling Cheng Copyright 2016
    346 Pages
    by Routledge

    346 Pages
    by Routledge

    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:

      • Concepts - Key terms and ideas arranged according to the five characteristic elements of performance art: time; space; action; performer; audience.

      • Methodologies and Turning Points - The seminal theories and ways of reading performance, such as postmodernism, epic theatre, feminisms, happenings and animal studies.

      • Case Studies – entries in both sections are accompanied by short studies of specific performances and events, demonstrating creative examples of the ideas and issues in question.

    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: Action  Appropriation 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  Introduction  Animal 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


    Meiling Cheng is Associate Professor of Dramatic Arts/Critical Studies and English at the University of Southern California and Director of Critical Studies at USC School of Dramatic Arts.​ 

    Gabrielle H. Cody is Mary Riepma Ross Professor and Chair of Drama at Vassar College where she has taught since 1992. She concentrates her areas of teaching in performance studies, environmental studies, and material performance projects.