Performance in Place of War

Overview

From the Greeks and Shakespeare to the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, war has often been a major theme of dramatic performances. However, many of the most extraordinary theater projects in recent years not only have been about war but also have originated in actual conflict zones themselves. Performance in Place of War is concerned with these initiatives, including theater in refugee camps, in war-ravaged villages, in towns under curfew, and in cities under occupation. It looks at theater and performances that ...

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Overview

From the Greeks and Shakespeare to the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, war has often been a major theme of dramatic performances. However, many of the most extraordinary theater projects in recent years not only have been about war but also have originated in actual conflict zones themselves. Performance in Place of War is concerned with these initiatives, including theater in refugee camps, in war-ravaged villages, in towns under curfew, and in cities under occupation. It looks at theater and performances that often occur quite literally as bombs are falling, as well as during times of ceasefire and in the aftermath of hostilities.

Performance in Place of War draws on extensive original material and includes interviews with artists, short play extracts, and photographs from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Israel, Lebanon, Sudan, and others. The authors combine critical commentary, overviews of the conflicts and first-hand accounts in order to consider such questions as: Why in times of disruption have people turned to performance? And what aesthetic, ethical, and political choices are made in these different contexts? Performance in Place of War is a fascinating perspective on the role of theater in unpredictable, war-torn times.

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Editorial Reviews

New Theatre Quarterly - Jan Cohen-Cruz
“The book brilliantly situates war-related performance in a complex web which includes, for example, politics, ethics, trauma, geography, and intercultural perspectives, all needed to grasp such performance’s potential and limitations. In so doing, the authors accomplish the Herculean task of both asserting how fundamental art is to human life and how interdependent it is with everything else going on.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781906497149
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Series: Seagull Books - Enactments Series
  • Pages: 392
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

James Thompson is professor of applied and social theater at the University of Manchester and director of the Centre for Applied Theater Research. He is the author of Digging Up Stories, among other books. Jenny Hughes is a lecturer in Applied Theater at the University of Manchester and director of the Centre for Applied Theater Research. Michael Balfour is professor of applied theater at Griffith University in Australia. His books include Theater and War: Performance in Extremis 1933–1945 and The Use of Drama in the Rehabilitation of Violent Male Offenders.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
 
In Place
Displaced
In Between War and Peace
Aftermaths
Other Places
Epilogue
 
Appendix 1
Key Organizations
 
Appendix 2
Key People
 
References Cited
Index

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