This radical new textbook introduces an innovative approach to the study of performance. Emphasizing the need to re-engage with the materiality of theatre-making processes and to articulate the knowledge of performance located within the practice of theatre, Thinking Through Theatre and Performance examines the ways in which performance - and performance studies - is itself practised through enquiry-driven logics of creative invention and critical investigation.
The volume considers four areas of investigation and practice:
*Seeing and Perceiving: Theatre, Space and Audience
*Making and Staging: Figure, Scene and Image
*Threads and Traces: Performance, Time and Memory
*Effects and Affects: Performance, Politics and Ethics
Rather than making claims for performance as a pre-determined way of thinking `about' the world, the book examines how in each of these areas performance operates as an investigative enquiry `into' it. Accordingly, it outlines and explores the questions performance is uniquely capable of asking and interrogates the ways in which it asks them. Across the four parts and through the carefully structured investigations by leading international scholars, it offers a comprehensive and compelling overview of contemporary performance as a practice of critical and creative thinking.
Maaike Bleeker is a Professor and the Chair of Theatre Studies at Utrecht University, Netherlands. She is President of Performance Studies international, a Member of the International Advisory Board of Maska (Ljubljana) and of Inflexions: A Journal of Research-Creation (Montreal). Her publications include: Visuality in the Theatre: The Locus of Looking (2008); Anatomy Live: Performance and the Operating Theatre (2008); BodyCheck: Relocating the Body in Contemporary Performing Arts (with Stephen DeBelder, et al).
Adrian Kear is Professor of Theatre and Performance at Aberystwyth University, UK, where he co-directs the Performance and Politics international research centre (PPi). His books include: Theatre and Event: Staging the European Century (2013); International Politics and Performance: Critical Aesthetics and Creative Practice (with Jenny Edkins) (2013); On Appearance (with Richard Gough) (2008); Psychoanalysis and Performance (with Patrick Campbell)(2001).
Joe Kelleher is Professor of Theatre and Performance and Head of Department for Drama, Theatre and Performance at Roehampton University, London, UK. His recent books include: Theatre & Politics (2009); The Theatre of Societas Raffaello Sanzio, with Nicholas Ridout and the core members of SRS: Chiara Guidi, Claudia Castellucci, and director Romeo Castellucci (2007); and Contemporary Theatres in Europe: A Critical Companion co-edited with Nicholas Ridout (2006).
Heike Roms is Professor in Theatre and Performance at the University of Exeter, UK. Her books include: Silent Explosion (2015) and, with Jon McKenzie and C.J.W.-L. Wee, Contesting Performance - Global Sites of Research (2010). Her research into the history and historiography of early performance art won the David Bradby TaPRA Award for Outstanding Research in International Theatre and Performance 2011.