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What is 'performance'? What are the boundaries of Performance Studies? How do we talk about contemporary performance practices today in simple but probing terms? What kinds of practices represent the field and how can we interpret them?

Combining the voices of academics, artists, cultural critics and teachers, Performance Perspectives answers these questions and provides a critical introduction to Performance Studies. Presenting an accessible way into key terminology and context, it offers a new model for analyzing contemporary performance based on six frames or perspectives:

  • Body
  • Space
  • Time
  • Technology
  • Interactivity
  • Organization

Drawing on examples from a wide range of practices across site specific performance, virtual reality, dance, applied theatre and everyday performance, Performance Perspectives addresses the binary of theory and practice and highlights the many meeting points between studio and seminar room. Each chapter takes the innovative form of a three-way conversation, bringing together theoretical introductions with artist interviews and practitioner statements. The book is supported by activities for discussion and practical devising work, as well as clear guidance for further reading and an extensive reference list across media

Performance Perspectives is essential reading for anyone studying, interpreting or making performance.

Synopsis:

This critical introduction to Performance Studies provides undergraduates with an accessible way into terminology and context. Using an innovative tripartite structure that combines the voices of artists, critics and teachers, it addresses a variety of practicesmoving through body, space, time, technology, interactivity and organization.

About the Author

JONATHAN PITCHESis Professor of Theatre and Performance in the School of Performance and Cultural Industries at the University of Leeds,UK.He is the author of Vsevolod Meyerhold and Science and the Stanislavsky Tradition of Acting, and founding co-editor of Theatre Dance and Performance Training.

SITA POPAT is Head of the School of Performance and Cultural Industries and Senior Lecturer in Dance at the University of Leeds, UK.She is the author of Invisible Connections: Dance, Choreography and Internet Communities, and Associate Editor of the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Figures

List of Tables

Notes on Contributors

Foreword; M.Wallis

Acknowledgements

Introduction; J.Pitches

PART I: BODY; Introduced and edited by A.Fenemore 

Any Body? The Multiple Bodies of the Performer; V.Ramirez Ladron De Guevera

Some Body and No Body: The Body of a Performer; W.Houstoun

Every Body: Performance's Other Bodies; A.Fenemore 

PART II: SPACE; Introduced and edited by S.Palmer

Event-Space: Performance Space and Spatial Performativity; D.Hannah

Scenographic Space and Place; L.A.Wilson

Audience Space/Scenographic Space; S.Palmer 

PART III: TIME; Introduced and edited by T.Gardner

Theatre, Technology and Time; S.Dixon

Ghost Dance: Time and Duration in the Work of Lone Twin; G.Whelan

The Lives and Times of Performance; T.Gardner 

PART IV: TECHNOLOGY; Introduced and edited by S.Popat

Gaming and Performance: Narrative and Identity; J.Wood

SwanQuakeHouse - 'Messing the System Up'; R.Gibson & B.Martelli

Performance and Technology: The Myth of Disembodiment; S.Popat 

PART V: INTERACTIVITY; Introduced and edited by A.O'Grady

Boalian Perspectives on Interactivity in Theatre; J.Somers

Interactivity and the Work of Blast Theory; M.Adams

Interactivity: Functions and Risks; A.O'Grady 

PART VI: ORGANISATION; Introduced and edited by C.Taylor

Performance, Culture and Industry; R.Brown

Organisational Agility and Improvisation; T.Greenstreet

Performance, Organisation, Theory; C.Taylor 

Epilogue; J.Pitches 

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9780230243460
Author:
Pitches, Jonathan
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan
Author:
Popat, Sita
Subject:
Theater - General
Subject:
Acting & Auditioning
Subject:
Theater - Stagecraft
Subject:
Drama-Production General
Subject:
DRAMA / General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20111131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
15 b/w photos, 2 b/w illustrations
Pages:
264
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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