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The Radical in Performance : Between Brecht and Baudrillard - Baz Kershaw

The Radical in Performance

Between Brecht and Baudrillard

Hardcover Published: 17th August 1999
ISBN: 9780415186674
Number Of Pages: 272

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"The Radical in Performance" interrogates the crisis in contemporary theatre, and celebrates the subversive in performance. It is the first full-length study to explore the link between a western theatre culture which Baz Kershaw argues is largely past its prime and the blossoming of postmodern performance, much of which has a genuinely radical edge. In staying determinedly poised between Brecht and Baudrillard, modernity and postmodernism, Kershaw identifies crucial resources for the revitalization of the radical across a wide spectrum of cultural practices. He asks, what next, once political theatre is all but dead, smothered by the promiscuity of the political in postmodern culture?
Timely and necessary, it will be a compelling read for anyone searching for new ways of viewing and doing cultural politics.

Industry Reviews

"Kershaw's project is complex and broad-ranging.." -"Research in Drama Education, 2001 ..."this serves as a useful synthesis of contemporary cultural theory and its modernist, and post-structuralist, antecedents.." -"Research in Drama Education, 2001 "This is a charged, interesting book. It is radical in its scope, ambition and coverage. Ultimately, it confirms the dilemma faced by so many drama teachers-------how to develop work with students that is resistant and transformational and yet contained within the oppresive disciplines and ideologies of institutionalised schooling. "Research in Drama Education." 2001 "This book's historical purview (1960s-'90s) and earnest radical perspective match those in Kershaw's The Politics of Performance (CH, Jan'93). He is still fighting the good fight of his postwar British generation. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." -"Choice, Apr 2000

List of illustrationsp. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xiii
Prologue: radicalising performancep. 1
Introduction: pathologies of hopep. 5
Theatre and performance: on the cusp of a paradigm shiftp. 27
The limits of theatrep. 29
The excesses of performancep. 57
Performance, participation, powerp. 87
Fighting in the streets: performance, protest and politicsp. 89
The shadow of oppression: performance, the panopticon and ethicsp. 126
The death of nostalgia: performance, memory and geneticsp. 157
The sight of the blind: performance, community and ecologyp. 187
Epilogue: the radical in performancep. 217
Bibliographyp. 221
Name indexp. 236
Subject indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780415186674
ISBN-10: 0415186676
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 17th August 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1