'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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