Pacific Performances: Theatricality and Cross-Cultural Encounter in the South Seas (Studies in International Performance)

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Incorporating the very latest approaches to performance studies, this new study by Christopher Balme explores the history of cross-cultural performative encounters in the Pacific from the eighteenth-century to the present. Using the concept of theatricality, it examines both the performance cultures of Pacific peoples as they negotiated the colonial situation and Western theatrical representations. The material investigated ranges from eighteenth-century pantomimes to Broadway plays and musicals; ethnographic spectacles and colonial ceremonies rub shoulders with contemporary tourist theme parks and Samoan stand-up comedy.

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Christopher B. Balme is a Professor of Theatre Studies at the University of Munich, Germany.

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'What the book provides is a superb way to begin to understand how rich the study of theatre and performance in the South Pacific may come to be...an extraordinarily valuable wide-angle glimpse of a diverse field.' - Sharon Mazer, Theatre Journal

'While Balme shines in his reading of the postcolonial politics that frame this type of theatrical setting, it is his larger argument about the performativity of cultural encounters...that constitutes his larger contribution to Pacific scholarship.' - Jane Desmond, The Contemporary Pacific

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