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Introduction to Part Five

ByPetra Kuppers, Gwen Robertson

This part introduction presents an overview of the key concepts discussed in the subsequent chapters. The part discusses five very different community performance practices emerge and in the languages and formats appropriate to their settings, audiences or professional frameworks. The examples include the set-up of an intergenerational dance project in the United Kingdom, the complex use of text and movement by the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange in the US and the hip-hop work of Morganics in a music/improvisation project in Australia, ‘Eel Catching’. It also includes: A project that documented the lives of the African-American Christian Avenue community in Setauket, Long Island, USA and the challenges and methods of a community theatre project in the Philippines. The part concludes the Reader, leaving the emphasis not on policy, overview or roots, but on the local, the specific, the dignity of the expressive work, and the trickster work of ‘making do’.