ABSTRACT

As the nature of contemporary performance continues to expand into new forms, genres and media, it requires an increasingly diverse vocabulary. Reading Contemporary Performance provides students, critics and creators with a rich understanding of the key terms and ideas that are central to any discussion of this evolving theatricality.

Specially commissioned entries from a wealth of contributors map out the many and varied ways of discussing performance in all of its forms – from theatrical and site-specific performances to live and New Media art. The book is divided into two sections:

    • Concepts - Key terms and ideas arranged according to the five characteristic elements of performance art: time; space; action; performer; audience.

    • Methodologies and Turning Points - The seminal theories and ways of reading performance, such as postmodernism, epic theatre, feminisms, happenings and animal studies.

    • Case Studies – entries in both sections are accompanied by short studies of specific performances and events, demonstrating creative examples of the ideas and issues in question.

Three different introductory essays provide multiple entry points into the discussion of contemporary performance, and cross-references for each entry also allow the plotting of one’s own pathway. Reading Contemporary Performance is an invaluable guide, providing not just a solid set of familiarities, but an exploration and contextualisation of this broad and vital field.

part |2 pages

Part I Introductions

chapter |5 pages

Reading performance: a physiognomy

ByMeiling Cheng, Gabrielle H. Cody

chapter |3 pages

Theatricality across genres

ByGabrielle H. Cody, Meiling Cheng

chapter |5 pages

Performing the theatrical matrix

ByMeiling Cheng, Gabrielle H. Cody

chapter |3 pages

Introductory essays bibliography

part |2 pages

Part II Concepts and paired case studies

chapter |15 pages

Time

chapter |21 pages

Space

chapter |41 pages

Action

chapter |38 pages

Performer

chapter |25 pages

Audience

part |2 pages

Part III Methodologies/turning points and paired case studies

chapter |2 pages

Aging

chapter |2 pages

Animal Studies

chapter |1 pages

Anti-art

chapter |1 pages

Broad-spectrum approach

chapter |2 pages

Choreography

chapter |5 pages

Dance or we are lost: The Tanztheater of Pina Bausch

ByJohannes Birringer

chapter |1 pages

Cybernetics

ByPhilip Auslander

chapter |2 pages

The d/Deaf Performative Tylar Pendgraft

chapter |1 pages

Destruction art

ByKristine Stiles

chapter |2 pages

Disciplines in performance

ByElise Morrison

chapter |1 pages

Ecodramaturgy

ByArden Thomas

chapter |2 pages

Expanded cinema Susan Jarosi

chapter |2 pages

Fluxus

ByKristine Stiles

chapter |2 pages

Gaga Feminism

ByJack Halberstam

chapter |3 pages

Boychild

ByJack Halberstam

chapter |1 pages

Hybridity

ByErin Mee

chapter |2 pages

Intercultural performance

ByGwendolyn Alker

chapter |2 pages

Intermediality

chapter |3 pages

Mimesis

chapter |1 pages

Minimalism

chapter |3 pages

Modernism

chapter |2 pages

Multicentricity

chapter |1 pages

Performing the archive

chapter |2 pages

Performance, postmodernism, and beyond

chapter |2 pages

Performance Studies

chapter |2 pages

Photography and performance

chapter |2 pages

Cindy Sherman’s real fakery

ByRebecca Schneider

chapter |2 pages

Play

ByRichard Schechner

chapter |2 pages

Reality Ends Here

ByJeff Watson

chapter |1 pages

Postcolonial performance inquiry

BySudipto Chaerjee

chapter |2 pages

Postdramatic theater

ByElinor Fuchs

chapter |2 pages

The Wooster Group’s TO YOU, THE BIRDIE! (Phèdre)

ByGabrielle H. Cody

chapter |2 pages

Posthumanism

ByPramod K. Nayar

chapter |3 pages

Becoming Kinocognophore

ByClaudia Bucher and Yvonne Zeeb, with Meiling Cheng

chapter |2 pages

Puppet and object performance

ByJohn Bell

chapter |2 pages

Racialization

ByMike Sell

chapter |1 pages

Readymade

ByRolf Hoefer

chapter |3 pages

Rhetoric

ByElise Morrison

chapter |2 pages

Sampling

ByNicole Hodges Persley

chapter |2 pages

Feminist hip-hop fusion

ByNicole Hodges Persley

chapter |1 pages

Semiotics/semiology

ByTimothy Scheie

chapter |3 pages

Bodies in action

ByKristine Stiles and Kathy O’Dell

chapter |1 pages

Terrorism and performance

ByJeanne Colleran

chapter |1 pages

Theatre of images

ByBonnie Marranca

chapter |2 pages

Transcontextuality

ByCharles R. Garoian, Yvonne M. Gaudelius

chapter |3 pages

Goat Island’s The Sea & Poison

ByCharles R. Garoian, Yvonne M. Gaudelius

chapter |3 pages

Transnationalism

ByHaiping Yan

chapter |2 pages

Whiteness

ByAmelia Jones

chapter |2 pages

The Muslim performative

ByDemir Barlas