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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.


Description

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.


Reviews

'This excellent anthology provides a wide-ranging collection of essays on critical issues of place-based theatre. It includes articles that treat historical and contemporary themes from the perspectives of both theorists and practitioners in a variety of institutional contexts. As the best anthologies do, it both bolsters and challenges the discipline.' - Professor Laurie Beth Clark, University of Wisconsin Madison, USA
 
'This is a welcome addition to the developing literature on site-specific theatre and performance, whose chief virtue lies in providing a range of original essays testifying to the diversity and disparateness of contemporary site-based work.' - Steve Bottoms, New Theatre Quarterly


Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgements
Notes on Contributors
The 'Place' and Practice of Site-Specific Theatre and Performance; J.Tompkins
PART I: SITE-SPECIFICITY AND ECONOMICS
Rethinking Site-Specificity: Monopoly, Urban Space, and the Cultural Economics of Site-specific Performance; M.McKinnie
PART II: SITE-SPECIFICITY AND THE NARRATIVES OF HISTORY
Rehearsing Across Space and Place: Rethinking A Masque Presented at Ludlow Castle; S.Bennett & J.Sanders
Embodied Presence and Dislocated Spaces: Playing the Audience in Ten Thousand Several Doors in a Promenade, Site-specific Performance of John Webster's The Duchess of Malfi; J.Collins
Haunted House: Staging The Persians with the British Army; M.Pearson
Toiling, Tolling and Telling: Performing Dissensus; K.Irwin
PART III: SITE SPECIFITIY AND THE SLIPPAGE OF PLACE
Beyond Site-specificity: Environmental Heterocosms on the Street; S.Haedicke
Repetition and Performativity: Site-specific Performance and Film as Living Monument; A.Birch
Contemporary Ekkeklemas in Site-specific Performance; L.Ferris
'Places, like property prices, go up and down': Site-specificity, Regeneration and The Margate Exodus; L.Owen
PART IV: SITE-SPECIFICITY AND THEATRICAL INTIMACY
Ambulatory Audiences and Animate Sites: Staging the Spectator in Site-specific Performance; K.Zaiontz
Immersive Negotiations: Binaural Perspectives on Site-specific Sound; B.Barton & R.Windeyer
My Sites Set on You: Site-specificity and Subjectivity in 'Intimate Theatre'; H.Iball
PART V: SITE SPECIFICITY AND POLITICS
Siting the People: Power, Protest and Public Space; S.Nield
Bibliography
Index


Authors

ANNA BIRCH is Lecturer in Research at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, UK. She produces and directs performance and film projects as part of her engagement with practice as research. She is Artistic Director of Fragments & Monuments Performance and Film Company, based in Hackney, UK.
JOANNE TOMPKINS is Professor of Drama in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland, Australia. She is the (co-)author of Post-Colonial Drama (with Helen Gilbert), and of Women's Intercultural Performance (with Julie Holledge). She is author of Unsettling Space: Contestations in Contemporary Australian Theatre (2006).