Performing Site-Specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice (Performance Interventions)

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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.

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ANNA BIRCH is a 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 a 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).

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'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

'Performing Site-Specific Theatre is an insightful collection of essays that presents an interesting examination of site-specific theory and practice. It is a welcome addition to a field still largely located in performance studies and art, here exploring its
intersection with theatre... [The book] will be a useful book for researchers and teachers of site-specific performance, including its theories and practices.' - Kris Darby, Contemporary Theatre Review

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