ABSTRACT

This chapter explores performance in relationship to identity and lived experience. It starts by discussing issues of representation and visibility for historically under-represented groups, particularly as it pertains to dominant representations that render these groups as simultaneously too visible and invisible. The chapter also discusses how for women, people of colour and gender non-conforming people, performance has historically been a means of negotiating the terms of representation and visibility that are afforded to them in society. Then, the chapter turns to a discussion of performance and lived experience, questioning whether a performative understanding of identity can fully account for the lived experiences such as race and indigeneity. The chapter closes by discussing performance in relationship to the commodification of identity categories that is so pervasive in contemporary capitalism.