ABSTRACT

This book is concerned with the location and speculation toward experiences and performances of presence. Posing the question of how, when and by which processes phenomena of presence are produced and received, this volume presents key analyses of the conditions, dynamics and dialectics that shape presence in – or in relation to – acts of performance. In so doing, this book approaches the theatrical performance of presence as both subject and framework. Addressing experiences of being there – and being before – the critical analyses of presence framed here engage fi rstly with dynamics fundamental to theatre, refl ecting on relationships between actor and witness, as well as practices and concepts of ephemerality, liveness, mediation, and documentation. In turn, these theatrical practices offer lenses to approach and analyze acts of presence in which phenomena of self, other and place are defi ned.