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Routledge Advances in Theatre & Performance Studies


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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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Making a Scene Creating a Scene Study Class for Actors

Making a Scene: Creating a Scene Study Class for Actors

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By Bill Gelber
November 19, 2024

Based on the author’s decades of teaching, pedagogical and theatrical research, and his professional experience as actor and director, Making a Scene: Creating a Scene Study Class for Actors offers a pedagogical approach rehearsal scenes as a primary tool for diagnosis and actor improvement. This ...

1000 Ways to Ask Why Introduction to Dramaturgical Thinking

1000 Ways to Ask Why: Introduction to Dramaturgical Thinking

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By Emily LeQuesne
November 12, 2024

What is dramaturgy? Can you be taught how to do it? 1000 Ways to Ask Why, is a practical how to guide and introduction to dramaturgy and dramaturgical thinking for dramaturgs, directors, playwrights, devised theatre makers, choreographers, and performers. This book introduces The Mosaic Scale ...

Teaching Dance Improvisation A Beginner's Guide

Teaching Dance Improvisation: A Beginner's Guide

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By Matthew Farmer
October 22, 2024

Teaching Dance Improvisation serves as an introduction to, and a springboard for the author’s theories, practices, and curriculum building of dance improvisation as a technique. By taking a similar approach to teaching ballet, modern, jazz, tap, or hip hop, this book supplies its reader with an ...

Dancing Shakespeare Ballet Adaptations of William Shakespeare’s Works from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Dancing Shakespeare: Ballet Adaptations of William Shakespeare’s Works from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

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By Iris Julia Bührle
October 14, 2024

This monograph is the first history of ballets based on William Shakespeare’s works from the birth of ballet as an independent art form in the eighteenth century to the present. It focuses on two main questions: “How can Shakespeare be danced?”, and “How can dance shed new light on Shakespeare?” ...

Puppet and Spirit: Ritual, Religion, and Performing Objects Volume II Contemporary Branchings: Secular Benedictions, Activated Energies, Uncanny Faiths

Puppet and Spirit: Ritual, Religion, and Performing Objects: Volume II Contemporary Branchings: Secular Benedictions, Activated Energies, Uncanny Faiths

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Edited By Claudia Orenstein, Tim Cusack
October 14, 2024

This anthology of essays, a companion to Puppet and Spirit: Ritual, Religion, and Performing Objects, Volume I, aims to explore the many types of relationships that exist between puppets, broadly speaking, and the immaterial world. The allure of the puppet goes beyond its material presence as, ...

Applied Theatre and the Sustainable Development Goals Crises, Collaboration, and Beyond

Applied Theatre and the Sustainable Development Goals: Crises, Collaboration, and Beyond

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Edited By Taiwo Afolabi, Abdul Karim Hakib, Bobby Smith
October 04, 2024

This book is the first definitive publication to consider the intersections of applied theatre and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – a series of goals which have shaped development and social justice initiatives from 2015-2030.  It brings together emerging and leading scholars and ...

Performing Human Consciousness A Philosophical Investigation into the Staging of the Mind

Performing Human Consciousness: A Philosophical Investigation into the Staging of the Mind

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By Vanessa Dodd
October 04, 2024

Is the mind like a theatrical performance? This comparison has often been used as a conceptual tool by neuroscientists, philosophers, and psychologists in trying to understand what constitutes the human mind, and in particular how the comings and goings and the character transformations on the ...

Who Is In the Room? Queer Strategies for Redefining the Role of the Theater Director

Who Is In the Room?: Queer Strategies for Redefining the Role of the Theater Director

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By Brooke O'Harra
September 25, 2024

With this book, Brooke O’Harra takes up directing as an artistic practice in and of itself. Speaking beyond and against craft, O’Harra drives the art of directing forward. O’Harra investigates a series of important questions: How do we wrest our work from institutional imperatives of public ...

Post-choreography Jérôme Bel’s Choreography and Movement in Malfunction

Post-choreography: Jérôme Bel’s Choreography and Movement in Malfunction

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By Shuntaro Yoshida
September 23, 2024

This book sheds light on the practice of French choreographer Jérôme Bel, who is active in the fields of performing arts and contemporary art. Shuntaro Yoshida examines a case study of collective creation involving the choreographer and a group of amateur workshop participants. The focus is on ...

Archaeology of the Political Unconscious Theatre and Opera in East Berlin, 1967–1977

Archaeology of the Political Unconscious: Theatre and Opera in East Berlin, 1967–1977

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By Jennifer Williams
September 16, 2024

This book investigates the aesthetic and political dialectics of East Berlin to argue how its theatre and opera stages incited artists to act out, fuel and resist the troubled construction of political legitimacy. This volume investigates three case studies of how leading East Berlin stages ...

Beyond Innocence Children in Performance

Beyond Innocence: Children in Performance

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By Adele Senior
September 16, 2024

On a global platform we are witnessing the increased visibility of the people we call children and teenagers as political activists. Meanwhile, across the contemporary performance landscape, children are participating as performers and collaborators in ways that resonate with this figure of the ...

Flora Fantastic From Orchidelirium to Eco-Critical Contemporary Art

Flora Fantastic: From Orchidelirium to Eco-Critical Contemporary Art

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Edited By Corina Apostol, Tashima Thomas
September 13, 2024

This project delves deep into colonial botany, utilizing mediums such as historical investigation, cinema, photography, live performance, and installation art. Surveying perspectives from Europe, the U.S., Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean, it positions plants—both native and...

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