Performance And Cosmopolitics

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Performance and Cosmopolitics is a ground-breaking study of cross-cultural theatre in the Australasian region. Focusing on a range of theatrical events and practices in avant-garde, mainstream and community contexts, this book explores the cultural, political and ethical dimensions of Australia's engagement with Asia. Aboriginal theatre is also featured as an important aspect of regional arts traffic. A complex and fascinating analysis that sheds light on international arts marketing, broader trends in ...

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Overview

Performance and Cosmopolitics is a ground-breaking study of cross-cultural theatre in the Australasian region. Focusing on a range of theatrical events and practices in avant-garde, mainstream and community contexts, this book explores the cultural, political and ethical dimensions of Australia's engagement with Asia. Aboriginal theatre is also featured as an important aspect of regional arts traffic. A complex and fascinating analysis that sheds light on international arts marketing, broader trends in cross-cultural performance training, and current debates in performance studies.

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Winner of the Australasian Association for Theatre, Drama and Performance Studies Rob Jordan prize.

Shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards Gleebooks Prize and Biennial Prize for Literary Scholarship.

'This brisk and succinct narrative inflects and counters the valorization of cosmopolitanism in global cultural discourse. Its major achievement is to locate diverse cosmopolitan practices within the embattled national imaginary of Australasian theatre. In countering official nationalism and legitimized xenophobia at intensely local and regional levels, it offers substantial evidence of how cosmopolitics can be put into practice at ground levels. This book is immediate and relevant.' - Rustom Bharucha, author of The Politics of Cultural Practice and Theatre and the World

'This is an important book for the breadth of discussion of theatre work that it offers...The book provides a priceless record of a great deal of neglected, ephemeral and courageous theatre practice. It is particularly valuable in its ground-breaking study of Asian-Australian theatre-a topic which has here for the first time been given the attention that it so clearly deserves.' - Adrian Kiernander, Tom Burvill and Maryrose Casey, Rob Jordan Prize committee, Australasian Drama Studies Association, Australia

'Their [Gilbert and Lo] comprehensive and detailed research will surely make this volume an indispensable resource in Australian theatre scholarship, and a valuable case study for scholars of other national theatres, but the methodological contribution the book makes to performance studies is doubly significant.' - Margaret Werry, The Drama Review

'Gilbert and Lo have made a sophisticated, nuanced, and carefully situated contribution to the cosmopolitics of cross-cultural performance that is required reading for anyone interested in Australian theatre, or in cross-cultural performance anywhere.' - Ric Knowles, Theatre Jourbanal

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Meet the Author

HELEN GILBERT is Professor of Theatre at Royal Holloway, University of London, and co-convenor of the College's interdisciplinary Postcolonial Research Group. Her books include Sightlines: Race, Gender and Nation in Contemporary Australian Theatre (1998), Post-colonial Drama: Theory, Practice, Politics (with Joanne Tompkins, 1997) and Postcolonial Plays: An Anthology (2001).

JACQUELINE LO is Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Convenor of the Literature, Screen and Theatre Studies Graduate Program at the Australian National University. She is the author of Staging Nation: English Language Theatre in Malaysia and Singapore (2004).

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Cosmopolitanism and Performance
• (Anti)Cosmopolitan Encounters
• Reorienting Australian Theatre
• Crossing Cultures: Mainstream and Festival Productions
• Intercultural Training and Cosmopolitan Bodies
• Asian-Australian Hybrid Praxis
• Ethics and Efficacy: Theatre about Asylum Seekers
• Conclusion: Cosmopolitics in the New Millennium
• Index

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