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The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader

1st Edition

Edited by Teresa Brayshaw, Anna Fenemore, Noel Witts

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544 pages | 109 B/W Illus.

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The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader combines extracts from over 70 international practitioners, companies, collectives, and makers from the fields of Dance, Theatre, Music, Live and Performance Art, and Activism to form an essential sourcebook for students, researchers, and practitioners.

This is the follow-on text from The Twentieth Century Performance Reader, which has been the key introductory text to all kinds of performance for over 20 years since it was first published in 1996. Contributions from new and emerging practitioners are placed alongside those of long-established individual artists and companies, representing the work of this century’s leading practitioners through the voices of over 140 individuals. The contributors in this volume reflect the diverse and eclectic culture of practices that now make up the expanded field of performance, and their stories, reflections and working processes collectively offer a snapshot of contemporary artistic concerns. Many of the pieces have been specially commissioned for this edition and comprise a range of written forms – scholarly, academic, creative, interviews, diary entries, autobiographical, polemical, and visual.

Ideal for university students and instructors, this volume’s structure and global span invites readers to compare and cross-reference significant approaches outside of the constraints and simplifications of genre, encouraging cross-disciplinary understandings. For those who engage with new, live, and innovative approaches to performance and the interplay of radical ideas, The Twenty-First Century Performance Reader is invaluable.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

In Dialogue…

Introduction

  1. Action Hero
  2. WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? GEMMA AND JAMES AND ACTION HERO

  3. Mohammad Aghebati
  4. INTERVIEW

  5. Patricia Ariza

    INTERVIEW

  6. Back to Back Theatre
  7. ON MAKING THEATRE

  8. Brett Bailey
  9. INTERVIEW

  10. Dalia Basiouny
  11. PERFORMANCE THROUGH THE EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION: STORIES FROM TAHRIR

  12. Jerōme Bel
  13. INTERVIEW

  14. Blast Theory
  15. ULRIKE AND EAMON COMPLIANT: ARTISTS’ STATEMENT

  16. Tammy Brennan
  17. CONFINED: STAGING/IMAGE MOMENTS

  18. Tania Bruguera
  19. INTERVIEW

  20. Builders Association
  21. MARIANNE WEEMS IN CONVERSATION WITH ELEANOR BISHOP

  22. Liu Chengrui
  23. A SELECTION OF ACTIONS

  24. Padmini Chettur

    SOME THOUGHTS FOR THE FUTURE

  25. Constantin Chiriac
  26. INTERVIEW

  27. David Chisholm
  28. THE MEMORY OF REMEMBERING: EXOMOLOGESIS AND EXAGOREUSIS IN THE EXPERIMENT

  29. Clod Ensemble
  30. CLOD ENSEMBLE: PERFORMING MEDICINE

  31. María Jose Contreras
  32. THE BODY OF MEMORY: MARIA JOSE CONTRERAS’ PERFORMANCE PRACTICES IN THE CHILEAN TRANSITION

  33. Augusto Corriere
  34. A CONJURING ACT IN THE FORM OF AN INTERVIEW

  35. Tim Crouch
  36. INTERVIEW

  37. Dah Teatar
  38. SOME THOUGHTS ON THE QUALITY OF ATTENTION

  39. Tess de Quincey and De Quincey Co.
  40. A FUTURE BODY

  41. DEREVO
  42. ENDLESS DEATH SHOW

  43. Dood Paard
  44. ABOUT US

  45. Every House Has A Door
  46. FROM ONE MEANING TO ANOTHER

  47. Eleonora Fabião
  48. THINGS THAT MUST BE DONE SERIES

  49. Oliver Frljic
  50. INTERVIEW

  51. Gecko
  52. AN ORGANIC JOURNEY

  53. GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN
  54. MAKING THINGS WORSE

  55. Gibson/Martelli
  56. THE FIFTH WALL

  57. Gob Squad
  58. ON PARTICIPATION

  59. Heiner Goebbells

    AESTHETIC OF ABSENCE: HOW IT ALL BEGAN

  60. Chris Goode
  61. THE CAT TEST

  62. Shirotama Hitsujiya
  63. INTERVIEW

  64. Hotel Pro Forma
  65. PERFORMANCE AS AN INVESTIGATION OF THE WORLD

  66. Wendy Houstoun
  67. SOME BODY AND NO BODY: THE BODY OF A PERFORMER

  68. Imitating The Dog
  69. THEATRICALISING CINEMA/SCREENING THEATRE

  70. Hiwa K

    INTERVIEW

  71. La Fura dels Baus
  72. INTERVIEW

  73. Lone Twin
  74. INTERVIEW

  75. Silvia Mercuriali
  76. INTERVIEW

  77. Monster Truck
  78. BUT THE WHORES ALWAYS LOVED ME

  79. Needcompany

    INTERVIEW

  80. New Art Club
  81. HOW WE SET OUT TO MAKE A PIECE ABOUT CONTROVERSIAL WORKS OF ART AND ENDED UP GETTING NAKED AND TALKING ABOUT HOW WE FEEL ABOUT OUR BODIES

  82. Kira O’Reilly
  83. THE ART OF KIRA O’REILLY

  84. Oblivia
  85. TIME STOPPER

  86. Toshika Okada
  87. INTERVIEW

  88. Ontroerend Goed
  89. PERSONAL TRILOGY: THE SMILE OFF YOUR FACE, INTERNAL & GAME OF YOU

  90. Mike Pearson
  91. BUBBLING TOM

  92. Michael Pinchbeck
  93. THIS IS A LOVE LETTER

  94. Punchdrunk
  95. INTERVIEW

  96. Silviu Purcarette
  97. WHERE ARE YOUR TRAINING GROUNDS?

  98. Quarantine
  99. A SHOW OF HANDS

  100. Reckless Sleepers
  101. "MIDDLES" & "PHYSICS"

  102. Ridiculusmus
  103. A CHAT ABOUT COMEDY

  104. Rimini Protokoll
  105. INTERVIEW

  106. Farah Saleh
  107. INTERVIEW

  108. Peter Sellars

    INTERVIEW

  109. Shunt
  110. A PERFORMANCE COLLECTIVE

  111. Agata Siniarski
  112. DO IT TO ME LIKE IN A REAL MOVIE: LECTURE PERFORMANCE

  113. Deepan Sivaraman
  114. INTERVIEW

  115. Sleepwalk Collective
  116. LOST IN THE FUNHOUSE, OR ALL YOU NEED TO MAKE A SHOW IS A GIRL AND A MICROPHONE

  117. Andy Smith
  118. THIS IS IT: NOTES ON A DEMATERIALISED THEATRE

  119. Societas Raffaello Sanzio
  120. THE THEATRE IS NOT OUR HOME: A CONVERSATION ABOUT SPACE, STAGE AND AUDIENCE

  121. Junnosuke Tada

    INTERVIEW

  122. Third Angel

    TESTING THE HYPOTHESIS

  123. Ultima Vez

    INTERVIEW

  124. Unlimited

    AM I DEAD YET?

  125. Sankar Venkateswaran

    THEATRE OF THE MIND

  126. Dries Verhoeven

    INTERVIEW

  127. Vincent Dance Theatre

    THE ART OF NOT LOOKING BACK / MOTHERLAND

  128. Aaron Williamson

    DEMONSTRATING THE WORLD – A PUBLIC INTERVENTION PERFORMANCE

  129. Xing Xin

    INTERVIEW

  130. Andriy Zholdak

    THEORY / LECTURES OF ANDRIY ZHOLDAK

Index

About the Editors

Teresa Brayshaw is Principal Lecturer in Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University and works freelance as a Feldenkrais teacher, theatre practitioner and personal development coach in a range of international contexts. She co-edited the third edition of The Twentieth Century Performance Reader.

Anna Fenemore is Associate Professor in Contemporary Theatre and Performance at the University of Leeds. She is also artistic director of Manchester-based Pigeon Theatre.

Noel Witts is Emeritus Professor of Performing Arts at Leeds Beckett University, and a Professorial Fellow at Liverpool Hope University. He is the author of Tadeusz Kantor in the Routledge Performance Practitioners series, and co-editor of all three editions of The Twentieth Century Performance Reader.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART060000
ART / Performance
PER003000
PERFORMING ARTS / Dance / General
PER011000
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General