Performing Site-Specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice

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Anna Birch, Joanne Tompkins
Palgrave Macmillan, Oct 10, 2012 - Performing Arts - 253 pages
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Performing Site-Specific Theatre turns a critical eye to the increasingly popular form of site-specific performance. By re-assessing this contemporary practice, the book investigates the nature of the relationship between "site" and "performance." Site-specific performance operates differently from performance that takes place within a theatre venue because it seeks to match form and content (and place and space) more finely than does theatre that takes place inside conventional venues. Yet the form also encourages an investigation of how we might understand "site" as less fixed or less specifically geographical; it broadens the types of relevant "spaces" we might consider. The form also enables us to address a range of performative issues, from the development of site-specific "soundscapes" to the role of the spectator in site-specific performance. The contributions in the book from leading theorists and practitioners demonstrate how site-specific performance extends theatre's potential engagement with its geographical and political communities, and cover an exceptional range of innovative performance practices. Students, scholars and practitioners of contemporary theatre and performance, space and place, and site-specific performance will find much to value in this timely interrogation of current trends, practices and implications of performance in which site/landscape is central.
 

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Contents

1 The Place and Practice of SiteSpecific Theatre and Performance
1
SiteSpecificity and Economics
19
SiteSpecificity and the Narratives of History
35
SiteSpecificity and the Slippage of Place
101
SiteSpecificity and Theatrical Intimacy
165
SiteSpecificity and Politics
217
Bibliography
233
Index
248
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BRUCE BARTON Creator/scholar teaching at the University of Toronto, Canada SUSAN BENNETT University Professor in the Department of English, University of Calgary, Canada JANE COLLINS Professor of Theatre and Performance, Wimbledon College of Art, University of the Arts, London, UK LESLEY FERRIS Arts and Humanities Distinguished Professor of Theatre, Ohio State University, USA SUSAN HAEDICKE Associate Professor, School of Theatre, Performance, and Cultural Policy Studies, University of Warwick, UK HELEN IBALL Lecturer in Theatre Studies, University of Leeds, UK KATHLEEN IRWIN Head of the Theatre Department, University of Regina, Canada MICHAEL MCKINNIE Senior Lecturer in Drama, Queen Mary, University of London, UK SOPHIE NIELD Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK LOUISE OWEN Lecturer in Theatre and Performance, Birkbeck College, University of London, UK MIKE PEARSON Professor of Performance Studies, Department of Theatre, Film and Television Studies, Aberystwyth University, UK JULIE SANDERS Professor of English Literature and Drama, University of Nottingham, UK RICHARD WINDEYER Digital media creative, audio artist, composer, musician and educator, Wilfrid Laurier University, Canada KEREN ZAIONTZ Lecturer of Drama, Theatre, and Performance, Roehampton University, UK

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