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World Stages, Local Audiences: Essays on Performance, Place and Politics

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World stages, local audiences examines the relationship between audience and event, placed-based spectatorship and global politics.

Dickinson argues that the forms of intimacy and identification that come from being part of a local performance public (however temporarily or tenuously) provide a potential model for rethinking our roles as world citizens. Using his own experience of recent theatrical practice in Vancouver, Canada as a starting point, Dickinson maps the spaces of ...

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Overview

World stages, local audiences examines the relationship between audience and event, placed-based spectatorship and global politics.

Dickinson argues that the forms of intimacy and identification that come from being part of a local performance public (however temporarily or tenuously) provide a potential model for rethinking our roles as world citizens. Using his own experience of recent theatrical practice in Vancouver, Canada as a starting point, Dickinson maps the spaces of connection and contestation, the flows of sentiment and social responsibility, produced by different communities in response to global sports spectacles like the Olympics and World Cup; national, religious, and civic debates on same-sex marriage, the war on terror, and the protocols of mourning; even the extreme weather resulting from climate change. He also analyses how such topics are taken up in the work of playwrights like Moisés Kaufman, Tony Kushner, Terrence McNally, Charles Mee, and Paula Vogel; conceptual, installation, and performance artists like Ai Weiwei, Rebecca Belmore, Paul Chan, and Annie Sprinkle; and dance-theatre artists like Margie Gillis, Crystal Pite, battery opera, DV8 Physical Theatre, and Stan Won't Dance. In so doing, Dickinson makes an original contribution to the emerging discourse on live art and 'livability' by examining not only the geographical and historical affiliations between different sites of performance, but also the at times radical new social bonds created by audiences witness to those performances.

Suggesting that performance offers a way to read the world, and an opportunity to remake it, Dickinson's study will be especially useful as a teaching text for artists, researchers, and urban planners interested in linking their site-specific practice to some of the most pressing issues of our time.

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“It examines local performances that provide straightforward perspectives on the complex politics of global concerns. Summing up: Recommended.” — CHOICE

 

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Meet the Author

Peter Dickinson teaches in the English Department at Simon Fraser University.

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Table of Contents

List of figures

Acknowledgements

Introduction: near and far 1

1 One world, two cities: Olympic showcases in Beijing and Vancouver 29

2 Love is a battlefield: the performance and politics of same-sex marriage in North America and beyond 86

3 Travels with Tony Kushner and David Beckham 136

4 Brothers' keepers, or, the performance of mourning: queer rituals of remembrance 176

Coda: 1 December 2007 - changing direction/Lost Action 219

Select Bibliography 244

Index 257

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