Disability and Contemporary Performance

Bodies on the Edge

By Petra Kuppers

© 2003 – Routledge

192 pages

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Paperback: 9780415302395
pub: 2003-11-20
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About the Book

Disability and Contemporary Performance presents a remarkable challenge to existing assumptions about disability and artistic practice. In particular, it explores where cultural knowledge about disability leaves off, and the lived experience of difference begins. Petra Kuppers, herself an award-winning artist and theorist, investigates the ways in which disabled performers challenge, change and work with current stereotypes through their work. She explores freak show fantasies and 'medical theatre' as well as live art, webwork, theatre, dance, photography and installations, to cast an entirely new light on contemporary identity politics and aesthetics.

This is an outstanding exploration of some of the most pressing issues in performance, cultural and disability studies today, written by a leading practitioner and critic.

About the Author

Petra Kuppers is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Bryant College. She is Artistic Director of the Olimpias Performance Research Project and she has written extensively in the fields of cultural, performance and disability studies.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / People with Disabilities