Neoliberalism and Global Theatres: Performance Permutations


How do theatre and performance transmit and dispute ideologies of neoliberalism? The essays in this anthology examine the mechanisms and rhetorics of contemporary multinational and transnational organizations, artists, and communities that produce theatre and performance for global audiences.

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How do theatre and performance transmit and dispute ideologies of neoliberalism? The essays in this anthology examine the mechanisms and rhetorics of contemporary multinational and transnational organizations, artists, and communities that produce theatre and performance for global audiences.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230278318
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 8/21/2012
  • Series: Studies in International Performance Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

LARA D. NEILSEN is assistant professor in Theatre and Dance at Macalester College, USA, where she teaches Theatre and Performance Studies. She has published articles and reviews in Performance Research, Women & Performance, Contemporary Theatre Review, Theatre Journal, Journal of Dramatic Theory & Criticism, TDR, Law Culture, and the Humanities, and e-misferica.

PATRICIA YBARRA is associate professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University, USA. She is the author of Performing Conquest (Michigan, 2009). She has published articles and reviews in Theatre Journal, Radical History Review, Aztlan, Latin American Theatre Review and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; L.D.Nielsen & P.Ybarra
Nintendo Museum: intercultural pedagogy, neoliberal citizenship, and a theatre without actors; M.Werry
Bentin Archaeologies of Empire: Colonial Hollywood and the Neoliberal Academy; S.Calderon
Neoliberalism and the Global University; E.B.Lim
Branding the Revolution: Hair Redux; D.Savran
Staging a Moving Map in Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis' Stuck Elevator; K.Shimakawa
Fighting for a Future in a Free Trade World; P.Ybarra
Unchecked Popularity: Neoliberal Circulations of Black Dance; T.Defrantz
PART III: FORMAL ECONOMIES Model Dissent: Luu Quang Vu and the Melodramatic Performance of Renovation in Post-War Vietnam; K.T.Ngyuen
Representational Practices and Real Abstractionsin Early Eighteenth-Century London; M.Kobialka
The Gift of the New Orleans Second Line; M.Olsen
Wole Soyinka's The Beatification of Area Boy as Neoliberal Kaleidoscope; C.Cole
PART IV: SITES OF ARTICULATION Teatro Visión and the Limits of Chicano Politics in Neoliberal Space; J.Rossini
Repairing Teatro Oficina Perdiz; N.Tenenblat
Palimpsestic City: Nostalgia and Adaptation in Neoliberal Bangalore; J.Menon
Desiring the Stage: The Interplay of Mobility and Resistance; D.Larasati
The Future of Water: Environmental Theatre Experiences Urban Space; M.Joseph

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