Introductory Performance Texts Products

  • Performance Studies

    An Introduction, 4th Edition

    By Richard Schechner

    Richard Schechner's pioneering textbook is a lively, accessible overview of the full range of performance, with primary extracts, student activities, key biographies, and over 200 images of global performance. The publication of Performance Studies: An Introduction was a defining moment for the…

    Paperback – 2019-12-20 
    Routledge

  • Blue Sky Body

    Thresholds for Embodied Research, 1st Edition

    By Ben Spatz

    Blue Sky Body: Thresholds for Embodied Research is the follow-up to Ben Spatz's 2015 book What a Body Can Do, charting a course through more than twenty years of embodied, artistic, and scholarly research. Emerging from the confluence of theory and practice, this book combines full-length critical…

    Paperback – 2019-12-17 
    Routledge

  • A Concise Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

    1st Edition

    By Richard Kostelanetz

    For a concise edition of his legendary arts dictionary of information and opinion, the distinguished critic and arts historian Richard Kostelanetz selects entries from the 2018 third edition. Typically he provides intelligence unavailable anywhere else, no less in print than online, about a wealth…

    Paperback – 2019-11-12 
    Routledge

  • The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader

    1st Edition

    Edited by Ian Wilkie

    The Routledge Comedy Studies Reader is a selection of the most outstanding critical analysis featured in the journal Comedy Studies in the decade since its inception in 2010. The Reader illustrates the multiple perspectives that are available when analysing comedy. Wilkie’s selections present an…

    Paperback – 2019-10-29 
    Routledge

  • The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics

    1st Edition

    Edited by Peter Eckersall, Helena Grehan

    The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics is a volume of critical essays, provocations, and interventions on the most important questions faced by today’s writers, critics, audiences, and theatre and performance makers. Featuring texts written by scholars and artists who are diversely…

    Hardback – 2019-03-22
    Routledge
    Routledge Companions

  • A Dictionary of the American Avant-Gardes

    1st Edition

    By Richard Kostelanetz

    For this American edition of his legendary arts dictionary of information and opinion, the distinguished critic and arts historian Richard Kostelanetz has selected from the fuller third edition his entries on North Americans, including Canadians, Mexicans, and resident immigrants. Typically, he…

    Paperback – 2019-03-14
    Routledge

  • The Secret Life of Theater

    On the Nature and Function of Theatrical Representation, 1st Edition

    By Brian Kulick

    What is the secret DNA of theater? What makes it unique from its sister arts? Why was it invented? Why does it persist? And now, in such an advanced technological age, why do we still feel compelled to return to a mode of expression that was invented over two thousand years ago? These are some of…

    Paperback – 2019-01-18
    Routledge

  • A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes

    3rd Edition

    By Richard Kostelanetz

    Twenty-five years after the publication of A Dictionary of the Avant-Gardes, the distinguished critic and arts historian Richard Kostelanetz returns to his favorite subject for a third edition. Rewriting earlier entries, adding hundreds of new ones, Kostelanetz provides intelligence and information…

    Hardback – 2018-11-19
    Routledge

  • Beyond Failure

    New Essays on the Cultural History of Failure in Theatre and Performance, 1st Edition

    Edited by Tony Fisher, Eve Katsouraki

    In setting foot on stage, every performer risks the possiblity of failure. Indeed, the very performance of any human action is inextricable from its potential not to succeed. This inherent potential has become a key critical trope in contemporary theatre, performance studies, and…

    Paperback – 2018-10-24
    Routledge

  • Pina Bausch

    2nd Edition

    By Royd Climenhaga

    This newly-updated second edition explores Pina Bausch’s work and methods by combining interviews, first-hand accounts, and practical exercises from her developmental process for students of both dance and theatre. This comprehensive overview of her work offers new and exciting insight into the…

    Paperback – 2018-06-11
    Routledge
    Routledge Performance Practitioners

  • Alimentary Performances

    Mimesis, Theatricality, and Cuisine, 1st Edition

    By Kristin Hunt

    A pea soda. An apple balloon. A cotton candy picnic. A magical mole. These are just a handful of examples of mimetic cuisine, a diverse set of culinary practices in which chefs and artists treat food as a means of representation. As theatricalised fine dining and the use of food in theatrical…

    Paperback – 2018-06-08
    Routledge

  • Performed Ethnography and Communication

    Improvisation and Embodied Experience, 1st Edition

    By D Soyini Madison

    Performed Ethnography and Communication explores the relationships between these three key terms, addressing the impact of ethnography and communication on the cutting edge of performance studies. Ranging from digital performance, improvisation and the body, to fieldwork and staged collaboration,…

    Paperback – 2018-04-10
    Routledge

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