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Making a Performance : Devising Histories and Contemporary Practices - Emma Govan

Making a Performance

Devising Histories and Contemporary Practices

Paperback Published: 30th March 2006
ISBN: 9780415286534
Number Of Pages: 224

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Making a Performance traces innovations in devised performance from early theatrical experiments in the twentieth-century to the radical performances of the twenty-first century.

This introduction to the theory, history and practice of devised performance explores how performance-makers have built on the experimental aesthetic traditions of the past. It looks to companies as diverse as Australia's Legs on the Wall, Britain's Forced Entertainment and the USA-based Goat Island to show how contemporary practitioners challenge orthodoxies to develop new theatrical languages.

Designed to be accessible to both scholars and practitioners, this study offers clear, practical examples of concepts and ideas that have shaped some of the most vibrant and experimental practices in contemporary performance.

Industry Reviews

'Making a Performance ... herald[s] a renewed, more urgent critical interest in the arena of contemporary devising practices ... and makes a strong, substantial and much needed contribution to the field of devised performance theory and I hope it will inspire others.' -- Joanna Bucknell, University of Winchester, UK

Contents List of Illustrations
The Art of Devising
Genealogies and Histories
But is it Art? Art and Non-Art
The Creative Performer
Art, Politics and Activism
Shaping Narratives
Autobiographical Performance
Narratives of Community
Adapting Fictional Stories
Places and Spaces
Making Performance Space/Creating Environments
The Place of the Artist
Between Routes and Roots: Performance, Place and Diaspora
Performing Bodies
The Speaking Body: Physical Theatres
Virtual Bodies
Shifting Boundaries: Concluding Thoughts
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ISBN: 9780415286534
ISBN-10: 0415286530
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 30th March 2006
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.96 x 13.97  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.27
Edition Number: 1