'Since the turn of the century, Performance Studies has emerged as an increasingly vibrant discipline. Its concern—sembodiment, ethical research and social change—are held in common with many other fields, however a unique combination of methods and applications is used in exploration of the discipline. Bridging live art practices—theatre, performance art and dance—with technological media, and social sciences with humanities, it is truly hybrid and experimental in its techniques. This Companion brings together specially commissioned essays from leading scholars who reflect on their own experiences in Performance Studies and the possibilities this offers to representations of identity, self-and-other, and communities. Theories which have been absorbed into the field are applied to compelling topics in current academic, artistic and community settings. The collection is designed to reflect the diversity of outlooks and provide a guide for students as well as scholars seeking a perspective on research trends.' - from publisher's website
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Introduction: the Pirouette, Detour, Revolution, Deflection, Deviation, Tack, and Yaw of the Performative Turn - Tracy C. DAVIS
Part I: Social Polities: History in Individuals
Performance and Democracy - Nicholas RIDOUT
Performance as Research: Live Events and Documents - Baz KERSHAW
Movement's Contagion: the Kinesthetic Impact of Performance - Susan Leigh FOSTER
Culture, Killings, and Criticism in the Years of Living Dangerously: Bali and Baliology - John EMIGH
Universal Experience: the City as Tourist Stage - Susan BENNETT
Performance and Intangible Cultural Heritage - Diana TAYLOR
Part II: Body Politics: the Individual in History
Live and Technologically Mediated Performance - Philip AUSLANDER
Moving Histories: Performance and Oral History - Della POLLOCK
What is the 'Social' in Social Practice?: Comparing Experiments in Performance - Shannon JACKSON
Live Art in Art History: A Paradox? - Amelia JONES
Queer Theory - E. Patrick JOHNSON
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