Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance

Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance

by M. Reason

Paperback(1st ed. 2006)

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The documentation of practice forms one of the principal concerns of performance studies, providing an ongoing dilemma for theorists and practitioners alike who at once celebrate the ephemerality of the live arts, yet grapple with the need to know, see and think about performance after the disappearance of the thing itself.

This ground-breaking new book explores the theoretical, political and even moral implications of this tension between documentation and disappearance, suggesting that it is the space between these two discourses, a space of fragmentations and representations, which forms the site of our cultural knowledge and enduring imagination of performance. Concentrating on contemporary performance practice and with particular emphasis on the transformative impact of video, photography and writing, Matthew Reason uses the representational traces of the theatre and dance as an insightful and interrogative form of knowledge and way of seeing live performance in its continuing absence.

About the Author:
Matthew Reason is a research fellow in Performance at York St John University College, UK

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349546039
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 09/22/2006
Edition description: 1st ed. 2006
Pages: 269
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

MATTHEW REASON is a Research Fellow in Performance at York St John University College, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations     viii
Acknowledgements     x
Preface: About the Cover     xi
Introduction     1
Documentation and Disappearance     8
Part I
Archives     31
Proper Research, Improper Memory     41
Self-Representation     55
Part II
Video Documents     73
Screen Reworkings     92
Part III
Photography, Truth and Revelation     113
Photography, Publicity and Representation     146
Part IV
Reviewing Performance     183
Writing the Live     205
The Representation of Live Performance     231
Notes     239
Performance Works Cited     251
Bibliography     253
Index     263

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