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Palgrave Macmillan

Performing Cities

ISBN 9781137032522
Publication Date August 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Performing Cities is an edited volume of contributions by a range of internationally renowned academics and performance makers from across the globe, each one covering a particular city and examining it from the dynamic points of view of performances occurring in cities and the city itself as performance. Cities covered are Jerusalem, Singapore, Belgrade, Los Angeles, Cape Town, Toronto, Paris, Bogotá, Cardiff, Chicago, Sydney and Palermo. Above all the book explores the possibilities of writing itself as a spatial practice that does justice to the city as a place of multiple movements. Where urban writing has for so long been dominated by textual readings of the city – as seen in the hackneyed trope of the 'city as text' – the case is made here for a move towards a form of situational, relational and performative writing that is premised on the multifarious inflections of bodies and actions in space.

Nicolas Whybrow is Associate Professor (Reader) in the School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies at the University of Warwick, UK. His most recent books are Art and the City (2011) and, as editor, Performance and the Contemporary City: An Interdisciplinary Reader (2010). He also co-edited the 'On Foot' issue of Performance Research journal (2012).

Writing Performing Cities: an Introduction; Nicolas Whybrow
1. Performing Palermo: Protests Against Forgetting; David Williams
2. Sprawled, Distracted and Trembling: Performing L.A.; Sue-Ellen Case
3. Performing Paris: an Ecography of Meridians and Atmospheres; Carl Lavery
4. Performing Chicago: Seven Demolitions; Matthew Goulish
5. Performing Cape Town: an Epidemiological Study in Three Acts; Mark Fleishman and Jay Pather
6. Performing Cardiff: Six Approaches to a City and its Performance Pasts; Mike Pearson and Heike Roms
7. Performing Sydney: Inhabiting the Edge; Gay McAuley
8. Performing Toronto: Enacting Creative Labour in the Neoliberal City; Laura Levin
9. Performing Singapore: City/State; Paul Rae
10. Performing Belgrade: Itineraries of Belonging; Silvija Jestrovic
11. Performing Jerusalem: Religious, Historical, Ideological and Political Scenarios – and Some Personal Ones; Freddie Rokem
12. Performing Bogotá: Memories of an Urban Bombing; María Estrada-Fuentes

Sue-Ellen Case University of California, Los Angeles, USA
María Estrada-Fuentes, University of Warwick, UK
Mark Fleishman, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Matthew Goulish, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, USA
Silvija Jestrovic, University of Warwick, UK
Carl Lavery, University of Glasgow, UK
Laura Levin, York University, Canada
Gay McAuley, University of Sydney, Australia
Jay Pather, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Mike Pearson, Aberystwyth University, UK
Paul Rae, University of Melbourne, Australia
Freddie Rokem, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Heike Roms, Aberystwyth University, UK
David Williams, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK


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