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 |6 pages

Introduction to volume one

Considering the ethics of representation in applied theatre
ByTim Prentki, Ananda Breed

part I|70 pages

Australia and New Zealand

chapter |10 pages

Introduction to part I

Considering the ethics of representation in applied theatre
ByHelen Cahill, Peter O’Connor

chapter 2|11 pages

Repairing the evil

Staging Puppet Antigone (2017) at Auckland Prison 1
ByRand Hazou

chapter 3|13 pages

Taurima Vibes

Economies of manaakitanga and care in Aotearoa New Zealand
ByMolly Mullen, Bōni Te Rongopai Tukiwaho

chapter 4|9 pages

Small acts at the margins

Making theatre work at cross-cultural intersections
ByLinden Wilkinson

chapter 5|12 pages

The art of listening in prison

Creating audio drama with incarcerated women
BySarah Woodland

part II|62 pages

The Balkans

chapter |3 pages

Introduction to part II and III

Memory, identity and the (ab)use of representation
ByKirsten Sadeghi-Yekta, Darko Lukić

chapter 6|11 pages

Performing the otherness

Representation of the invisible communities in post-conflict and post-communist societies: Croatian example
ByDarko Lukić

chapter 7|8 pages

The bridge to hope

Applied theatre in post-war Bosnia and Herzegovina
BySead Đulić

chapter 8|7 pages

Theatre against violence, action in classrooms

ByInes Škuflić-Horvat, Maja Sviben, Nina Horvat

chapter 9|8 pages

Interview with Vladimir Krušić

Theatre and drama in education
ByDarko Lukić

chapter 10|14 pages

In search of polyphonic concepts of participatory theatre and art for social change

Almost half a century of engagement
ByLjubica Beljanski-Ristić

chapter 11|9 pages

Giving voice to the voiceless

Raising awareness and spurring debate on the Homeland War (1991–1995) in Croatian theatre
ByNikolina Židek

part III|76 pages

North America

chapter 12|8 pages

Examining the ethics of research-based theatre through Contact!Unload

ByGeorge Belliveau, Susan Cox, Jennica Nichols, Graham W. Lea, Christopher Cook

chapter 13|9 pages

We are here

Glyphing a re-creation story through waterways, bloodlines and constellations
ByJill Carter

chapter 14|8 pages

Applied performance practices of therapeutic clowns

A curated conversation with Helen Donnelly
ByJulia Gray, Jenny Setchell, Helen Donnelly

chapter 15|7 pages

Playback Theatre conductor as ritual guide

The artful and sensitive job of extracting personal stories
ByHannah Fox

chapter 16|7 pages

Theatre to address social justice issues with gatekeepers in Canada

ByLauren Jerke, Warwick Dobson

chapter 17|6 pages

Tensions of engagement

Oscillating between distance and implication
ByYasmine Kandil

chapter 18|8 pages

Questioning social justice

A dialogue on performance, activism, and being in-between
ByAsif Majid, Elena Velasco

chapter 19|7 pages

Timely homecomings

ByCarrie MacLeod

chapter 20|9 pages

The arrivals legacy process

Reviving Ancestral stories of recovery and return
ByDiane Roberts

chapter 21|5 pages

Applying Hamilton

ByHana Worthen

part IV|72 pages

Latin America

chapter |9 pages

Introduction to part IV

Applied performance in Latin America
ByPaloma Carpio Valdeavellano, Rodrigo Benza Guerra

chapter 22|9 pages

The body, women, and performance art in Latin America

ByJosefina Alcázar

chapter 23|10 pages

Dance as a tool for the construction of peace and identity

ByAna Carolina Ávila

chapter 24|9 pages

We play as we mean to resist

Theatre games as political participation
ByMatthew Elliott

chapter 25|7 pages

Communal living culture

From the many to the few, from the few to the many
ByIván Nogales, Paloma Carpio Valdeavellano

chapter 26|10 pages

Latent conflict or latency in conflict

The liminal space between art actions and the Chilean civic-military dictatorship
ByAndrés Grumann Sölter, Francisco González Castro

chapter 27|7 pages

The community and its gaze

Argentine community theater
ByEdith Scher

chapter 28|9 pages

Three community experiences and a resignation

ByRafael Murillo Selva

part V|70 pages

Southern Africa

chapter |5 pages

Introduction to part V

Applied performance in Southern Africa
ByTim Prentki, Ananda Breed

chapter 29|11 pages

Romio ndi Julieti (Romeo and Juliet)

Chichewa language production of a serious drama
ByAmy Bonsall

chapter 30|10 pages

Rituals (2010) as a counter narrative of healing and reconciliation in Zimbabwe

ByKelvin Chikonzo, Ruth Makumbirofa

chapter 31|16 pages

Dear Mr Government

ByJessica Lejowa, Bongile Gorata Lecoge-Zulu, Cheraé Halley

chapter 32|10 pages

Applied performance as a space to address issues affecting girls and young women in Zimbabwe

A case study of Rachel 19
ByCletus Moyo, Nkululeko Sibanda

chapter 33|16 pages

Applied arts in business contexts

Selling out to the oppressor or doing transformational work?
ByPetro Janse van Vuuren

part VI|86 pages

Western Europe

chapter |5 pages

Introduction to part VI

Care for the Open: intercultural challenges and transcultural potential of applied performances in Western Europe
ByJulius Heinicke

chapter 34|7 pages

Realistic art and the creation of artistic truth

ByRolf Bossart

chapter 35|12 pages

Artistic creation and participation in Portugal and Brazil

The urgencies of today *
ByHugo Cruz, Matthew Elliott

chapter 36|10 pages

Core of Nordic applied theatre

Challenges in a subarctic area
ByRikke Gürgens Gjærum

chapter 37|10 pages

Youth transformation in search of freedom

ByMaria Kwiatek

chapter 38|12 pages

Legami in spazi aperti (Bonds in Open Spaces)

ByGiulia Innocenti Malini

chapter 39|15 pages

Exploring dramaturgy in participatory refugee theatre as a dialogical art practice

Dialogical tensions in a temporary relational playground
BySofie de Smet, Lucia De Haene, Cécile Rousseau, Christel Stalpaert

chapter 40|13 pages

The right artistic solution is just the beginning

ByLene Thiesen