Performing (for) Survival

Theatre, Crisis, Extremity

Editors: Duggan, Patrick, Peschel, Lisa (Eds.)

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This volume gathers contributions from a range of international scholars and geopolitical contexts to explore why people organise themselves into performance communities in sites of crisis and how performance – social and aesthetic, sanctioned and underground – is employed as a mechanism for survival. The chapters treat a wide range of what can be considered 'survival', ranging from sheer physical survival, to the survival of a social group with its own unique culture and values, to the survival of the very possibility of agency and dissent. Performance as a form of political resistance and protest plays a large part in many of the essays, but performance does more than that: it enables societies in crisis to continue to define themselves. By maintaining identities that are based on their own chosen affiliations and not defined solely in opposition to their oppressors, individuals and groups prepare themselves for a post-crisis future by keeping alive their own notions of who they are and who they hope to be.

About the authors

Patrick Duggan is Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Surrey, UK. His publications include: Trauma-Tragedy: Symptoms of Contemporary Performance (2012); On Trauma, a special issue of the international journal Performance Research (2011); and Reverberations Across Small-Scale British Theatre: Politics, Aesthetics and Forms (2013).

Lisa Peschel is Lecturer in Theatre at the University of York, UK. Her publications include Performing Captivity, Performing Escape: Cabarets and Plays from the Terezín/Theresienstadt Ghetto (2014). She is a co-investigator on the £1.8 million AHRC-funded project Performing the Jewish Archive.

Reviews

“Patrick Duggan and Lisa Peschel’s Performing (for) Survival is an important contribution to the study of performance as a mechanism for survival. Its uniqueness lies in its choice to expose the internal workings of communities and politically-organised resistance movements in times of extreme crisis.” (Effie Samara, The Kelvingrove Review, Issue 16, June, 2017) 


Table of contents (13 chapters)

  • Introduction — Performing (for) Survival: Frameworks and Mapping

    Duggan, Patrick (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Surviving (with) Theatre: A History of the ELF and EPLF Cultural Troupes in the Eritrean War of Independence

    Matzke, Christine

    Pages 17-36

  • Theatre for Survival: Art of Creation and Protection (Kubunda)

    Breed, Ananda (et al.)

    Pages 37-56

  • The Cultural Life of the Terezín Ghetto in 1960s Survivor Testimony: Theatre, Trauma and Resilience

    Peschel, Lisa

    Pages 59-77

  • Imagining Theatre in Auschwitz: Performance, Solidarity and Survival in the Works of Charlotte Delbo

    Fisher, Amanda Stuart

    Pages 78-99

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Performing (for) Survival
Book Subtitle
Theatre, Crisis, Extremity
Editors
  • Patrick Duggan
  • Lisa Peschel
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan UK
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-45427-0
DOI
10.1057/9781137454270
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-45426-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 251
Topics