The Routledge Companion to Applied Performance provides an in-depth, far-reaching and provocative consideration of how scholars and artists negotiate the theoretical, historical and practical politics of applied performance, both in the academy and beyond.

These volumes offer insights from within and beyond the sphere of English-speaking scholarship, curated by regional experts in applied performance. The reader will gain an understanding of some of the dominant preoccupations of performance in specified regions, enhanced by contextual framing. From the dis(h)arming of the human body through dance in Colombia to clowning with dementia in Australia, via challenges to violent nationalism in the Balkans, transgender performance in Pakistan and resistance rap in Kashmir, the essays, interviews and scripts are eloquent testimony to the courage and hope of people who believe in the power of art to renew the human spirit.

Students, academics, practitioners, policy-makers, cultural anthropologists and activists will benefit from the opportunities to forge new networks and develop in-depth comparative research offered by this bold, global project.

chapter |8 pages

Introduction to volume two

ByAnanda Breed, Tim Prentki

part Part I|64 pages


chapter |6 pages

Introduction to Brazil and West Africa 1

ByMarina Henriques, Taiwo Afolabi

chapter 1|8 pages

Pombas Urbanas: sowing wings in a banished city

ByAdailtom Alves Teixeira, Alexandre Falcão de Araújo

chapter 2|6 pages

Interview with the Canto da Lagoa Community Theatre Group

ByMarcia Pompeo Nogueira

chapter 3|6 pages

Theatre crossed by the territory in the work of Grupo Código

ByJorge Braga

chapter 4|8 pages

On fantastical journeys, who would save the adolescents from Maré?

ByMarina Henriques

chapter 5|6 pages

Every patrol car has a little of the slave ship

The emergency of the listening place
ByAltemar Di Monteiro

chapter 6|8 pages

The Memory of the Contestado War in the musical theatre of youth from rural settlements in the south of Brazil

ByElaine Cristina da Silva, Tereza Mara Franzoni

chapter 7|7 pages

Paraíso do Tuiuti: “I am not a slave of no master”

The carnival of 2018 stars in the political debate about the 2016 coup in Brazil
ByFátima Costa de Lima

chapter 8|7 pages

The power of subtle learning

Directions and achievements of the Heliópolis Theatre Company
ByMaria Fernanda Vomero

part Part II|76 pages

West Africa

chapter 9|9 pages

Functional arts

Theatre praxis in Burkina Faso
ByTaiwo Afolabi

chapter 10|11 pages


A folktale-based community play as a model for stimulating community development
ByIsi Agboaye

chapter 11|11 pages

Geographies of conflict

Resolving farmer-herdsmen conflict through street theatre
ByAlex C. Asigbo, Tochukwu J. Okeke

chapter 12|17 pages

Politics of/and performance spaces in the Theatre of Social Action

Two decades of Segun Adefila’s Crown Troupe of Africa
ByTunji Azeez

chapter 13|15 pages

Applied performances in Burkina Faso

Methodological and topographical overview and challenges
ByAnnette Bühler-Dietrich

chapter 14|11 pages

The Anglophone problem in Cameroon

Participatory theatre and video construal
ByFondzeyuf K. Tume

part Part III|122 pages

South Asia

chapter |14 pages

Introduction to part III

Framing the South Asian Discourse
BySyed Jamil Ahmed

chapter 15|12 pages

Queer performativities in contemporary Pakistan

A genealogical approach
ByFawzia Afzal-Khan

chapter 16|10 pages

Of stones, songs, and freedom

Languages of resistance in Kashmir
ByTanveer Ajsi

chapter 17|11 pages

Curfews of thought

ByRuwanthie de Chickera

chapter 18|10 pages

Towards a pedagogic analysis of dance and movement therapy

ByUrmimala Sarkar Munsi

chapter 19|7 pages

Street theatre in Afghanistan

A roundtable
ByTim Prentki, Ananda Breed

chapter 20|13 pages

A conversation

The Third Tune (Teesri Dhun)
ByClaire Pamment, Iram Sana, Naghma Gogi, Neeli Rana, Jannat Ali, Anaya Sheikh, Lucky Khan, Sunniya Abbasi

chapter 21|9 pages

Shat Bhai Chompa

A sociodrama in an urban slum of Dhaka City
ByAshfique Rizwan, Rukhshan Fahmi, Tanzir Ahmed Tushar, Abdul Jabbar, Arifur Rahman Apu, A. S. M. Easir Arafat, Atonu Rabbani, Malabika Sarker

chapter 22|11 pages

Storytelling through Playback Theatre

Building a collective consciousness to promote social cohesion in Nepal
ByNar Bahadur Saud

chapter 23|14 pages

Transforming trauma in post-conflict settings

Ethnographic evidence from a social circus project in Afghanistan
ByAnnika Schmeding

chapter 24|9 pages

Short essays

ByNazmul Ahsan, Susmita Chakraborty, Debleena Tripathi, Sheema Kermani, Asma Mundrawala

part Part IV|20 pages

The Arab World

chapter 25|8 pages

Empowerment, capacity building, and freedom

Expression of women through theater
ByMarina Barham, Amira Barham

chapter 26|10 pages

Street theater in Tunisia

Fanni Raghman Anni (case study)
BySeif Eddine Jlassi

part Part V|68 pages

The United Kingdom

chapter |10 pages

Introduction to part V

Performances of Age (UK)
ByCaoimhe McAvinchey

chapter 27|11 pages

Six Songs for Paul

How The Lawnmowers Independent Theatre Company transform experience into expertise
ByAli Campbell

chapter 28|14 pages

‘How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love’

Staging relational care with Lois Weaver and Split Britches
ByJen Harvie

chapter 29|7 pages

Welcome to The Posh Club

How high status and low stakes can help build better worlds for marginalised people
ByBen Walters

chapter 30|9 pages

In the company of others

Entelechy Arts, co-creating with older people
BySue Mayo

chapter 31|8 pages

Magic Me

Interview with Chuck Blue Lowry, Kate Hodson, Susan Langford, Sue Mayo and Julian West
ByCaoimhe McAvinchey

chapter 32|7 pages

Having dementia shouldn’t exclude you from cultural experiences

An interview with Nicky Taylor, theatre and dementia research associate, Leeds Playhouse
ByCaoimhe McAvinchey

part Part VI|70 pages

South East Asia

chapter |4 pages

Introduction to part VI

South East Asia and China: performances of age
ByJune Wee

chapter 33|10 pages

Putting dialogue in context

Negotiating contextual influence in applying dialogue theatre
ByRichard Barber, Pongjit Saphakhun

chapter 34|12 pages

Crisis of Representation of Afghan Culture: An Anlysis of KAIKAVUS and HEARTBEAT

Silence after the Explosion
ByEdmund Chow

chapter 35|8 pages

Glowing with age

ByPeggy Ferroa

chapter 36|11 pages

Contemporary issues and challenges in applying performance

The case of theatre in education in Hong Kong
ByMuriel Yuen-Fun Law

chapter 37|9 pages

Deceptive simplicity

ByMichelle Ngu

chapter 38|8 pages

Rethinking the research on Both Sides, Now

An arts-based community engagement project on end-of-life in Singapore
ByCharlene Rajendran, Prue Wales

chapter 39|6 pages

Performances of ‘what if’ and ‘as if’

Exploring plausible futures through imaginal and vicarious experiences in playbuilding
ByJennifer Wong