Performing Democracy: International Perspectives on Urban Community-Based Performance / Edition 1

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Performing Democracy explores aspects of a developing form of performance that works to change social conditions for marginalized groups or to preserve the traditions and cohesion of the community. The book combines critical analysis with field reports on specific projects and productions to explore the issues that confront community-based performance. The range of topics is impressive, and includes performances in North America, Australia, the Middle East, Bosnia, Taiwan, Korea, England, and the Netherlands. Many articles include production photos.

The book's first section focuses on how performance can contribute to the definition, creation, and preservation of community. Next, contributors address issues of authority within the production of community-based performance. A final section considers community-based performance's efforts to encourage individuals to feel empowered in everyday life and in their relation to government.

The range of performance genres covered includes community history plays, agitprop, forum theater workshops, puppetry, avant-garde plays, dance, and oral epics. The projects involve many different kinds of communities, including the inner city, youth, seniors, ethnic groups, activists, gays and lesbians, immigrants, and prison inmates.

Susan Chandler Haedicke is Professor of English, George Washington University. Tobin Nellhaus is an independent scholar.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780472067602
  • Publisher: University of Michigan Press
  • Publication date: 7/2/2001
  • Series: Theater: Theory/Text/Performance Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.16 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Pt. 1 Defining Communities 25
Approaching the "Structure of Feeling" in Grassroots Theater 29
The Art of Bridge Building in Mostar 58
The Children of Tomorrow: Seattle Public Theater's Work with Homeless Youth 67
Art Party Vision: The People's Public Space as Social Acupuncture 80
Coalitions of Resistance: Ground Zero's Community Mobilization 89
Is This Theater Queer? The Mickee Faust Club and the Performance of Community 104
Pt. 2 Authority in the Community-Based Theater Process 117
Making a Scene: Representational Authority and a Community-Centered Process of Script Development 121
Finding the Edge: Multiple Community Goals 143
Jodrikdrik Nan Jodrikdrik Ilo Ejmour: A Performing Arts Tradition Is Born 150
Dramatic Union: Workers' Theater in the 1990s 159
Discovering Seminal Stories: Community Theater as Cultural Memory 166
I Sing of Cities: The Musical Documentary 181
Dreams of a City: The East Palo Alto Project 197
Speaking across Communities: The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange 213
Pt. 3 Empowering the Audience 227
Generations as Communities: Elders Share the Arts and Bushwick, Why Vote? 231
FrogWorks in Los Angeles 243
Puppets Doing Time in the Age of AIDS 254
Theater for the Next Generation: The Living Stage Theatre Company's Program for Teen Mothers 269
Preserving a Culture through Community-Based Performances in Cairo 281
Eskesta in Israel 292
Contemporary Madang Kut of South Korea 302
Yuyachkani: Remembering Community 310
No Safety Gear: Skate Girl Space and the Regeneration of Australian Community-Based Performance 326
Index 341
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