Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations

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How do theatre and performance transmit and dispute ideologies of neoliberalism? The essays in this collection, now available in paperback for the first time, examine the mechanisms and rhetorics artists, communities, and institutions deploy to produce theatre and performance for global audiences. Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations explores how the conditions of neoliberalism affect productions of theatre and performance globally, including case studies about New Zealand, Singapore, ...

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Overview

How do theatre and performance transmit and dispute ideologies of neoliberalism? The essays in this collection, now available in paperback for the first time, examine the mechanisms and rhetorics artists, communities, and institutions deploy to produce theatre and performance for global audiences. Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations explores how the conditions of neoliberalism affect productions of theatre and performance globally, including case studies about New Zealand, Singapore, Vietnam, China, Peru, Mexico, Indonesia, Brazil, India, Nigeria, and the United States. The 18 essays by cutting-edge scholars reveal how performance circulates, transmutes and challenges the disciplinary formations and assumptions organizing contemporary investment in market logics, and, paradoxical notions of freedom. The book brings together diverse perspectives that challenge readers to grapple with the effects of globalized capital on theater, dance, film, visual art, televisual performance and music. Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations provides an excellent introduction to neoliberalism for arts and humanities students studying performance in a global context.

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Editorial Reviews

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"There is much to recommend in this impressive book, and the many critical approaches it synthesises are impossible to summarise in a short review." - Louise Owen, Contemporary Theatre Review

"Neoliberalism and Global Theatre invites the reader to think about Neoliberalism not only as an economic system, but also as a complex structure that carries specific modes of performances, which hegemony affects the ways art is produced, consumed, promoted and managed." - Camila González Ortiz, Emesférica

"...this is a timely and important text. It is, furthermore, a monumental accomplishment on the part of its editors, one that is already assisting the development of further research in our field about topics as wide-ranging as sexuality, tourism, disability, biopolitics, technocracy, surveillance, the art world, and more." - Joseph Cermatori, Modern Drama

"This colossal collection is rich, densely packed, and thought-provoking with a vast range across history, but especially across performance forms and practices and geopolitical contexts... I am aware that the delivery of this summary of Nielsen and Ybarra's book might have a whiplash-like effect, but the book does too. In the book at least, the advantages of that effect are manifest, piling one detailed, located example of neoliberalized conditions and acts of resistance on top of another to demonstrate powerfully and affectingly how much damage those conditions can exact, but also how much potential to counter that damage is offered by so many varieties of theatre and performance in so many distinct situations." - Jen Harvie, Theatre Journal
 
 

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Meet the Author

Lara D. Nielsen is Professor in Theatre and Performance Studies, Macalester College, USA. Her performance research works amongst and between arts medias, as well as popular performance and participation medias privileging kinetic embodiments. Her articles appear in Text & Performance Quarterly, Scapegoat:Architecture/Landscape/Political Economy, Performance Research, Women & Performance, Contemporary Theatre Review, The Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism, Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, and Law, Culture and the Humanities.

Patricia Ybarra is Associate Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, USA. Her publications include Performing Conquest (2009), and articles in Theatre Journal, Radical History Review, Aztlan, Modern Drama and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism. She is president elect of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; L.D.Nielsen and P.Ybarra
PART I: INSTITUTIONAL STRATEGIES
2. Irreal Entries; L.Nielsen
3. Nintendo Museum: Intercultural Pedagogy, Neoliberal Citizenship, and a Theatre without Actors; M.Werry
4. Bentin Archaeologies of Empire: Colonial Hollywood and the Neoliberal Academy; S.Calderon
5. Neoliberalism and the Global University; E.B.Lim
6. Branding the Revolution: Hair Redux; D.Savran
PART II: MODES OF TRANSMISSION
7. I Feel For You; P.Anderson
8. Staging a Moving Map in Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis' Stuck Elevator; K.Shimakawa
9. Fighting for a Future in a Free Trade World; P.Ybarra
10. Unchecked Popularity: Neoliberal Circulations of Black Dance; T.Defrantz
PART III: FORMAL ECONOMIES
11. Model Dissent: Luu Quang Vu and the Melodramatic Performance of Renovation in Post-War Vietnam; K.T.Ngyuen
12. Representational Practices and Real Abstractionsin Early Eighteenth-Century London; M.Kobialka
13. The Gift of the New Orleans Second Line; M.Olsen
14. Wole Soyinka's The Beatification of Area Boy as Neoliberal Kaleidoscope; C.Cole
PART IV: SITES OF ARTICULATION
15. Teatro Visión and the Limits of Chicano Politics in Neoliberal Space; J.Rossini
16. Repairing Teatro Oficina Perdiz; N.Tenenblat
17. Palimpsestic City: Nostalgia and Adaptation in Neoliberal Bangalore; J.Menon
18. Desiring the Stage: The Interplay of Mobility and Resistance; D.Larasati
19. The Future of Water: Environmental Theatre Experiences Urban Space; M.Joseph
Index

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