Volume 24 Issue 7
Issue editors: Esther Belvis Pons & José A. Sánchez
Publication date: 6 March 2020
In these days in which existence is akin to making us visible and we have proneness to mediatized exposure, global unrest gives evidence of how we have condemned our senses to the obvious, noisy and tumultuous. The sovereignty we have granted to the visible is indicative of our ineptitude to respect our lives, account for our history and dismantle Anthropocentrism. It is precisely in this conflicting state of affairs that disappearance emerges as an alternative approach to put critical pressure on the construction of life, as it defies the visual, continuous and iterative forms of representation. Disappearance and its paradoxical manifestations—voluntary or forced—touch off delicate and thoughtful dramaturgies of the isolated, hidden or unconnected. Through its always fragmented and elusive stories and actions, a process of shared ‘attunement’ emerges, providing healing scenarios of dissent. This Performance Research issue brings together international scholars and artists who explore the fragilities of disappearance by acknowledging the effects of our daily ‘performance’ through essays, intimate scenes and provocations.
Volume 24 Issue 8
Issue editors: Helena Grehan and Peter Eckersall
Publication date: 15 March 2020
‘On Politics’ is concerned dramaturgically and existentially with relations of power in all spheres of life. We propose that life itself and all forms of economic, environmental, social and cultural production are inherently political. To say otherwise is, as Bertolt Brecht noted, to merely align oneself with the ruling group. Dramaturgically, the forms and actions of performance themselves communicate, critique and express the desire for conversations with a range of interlocutors, antagonists, audiences and others. This issue is informed by our current context of rapid and continuous transformations in environmental, technological and social life -- transformations that pose both existential and practical challenges for theatre and performance. The essays in this issue respond to this proposition through three distinct, yet interrelated themes: Diagnosis, Activism and Futures.
Volume 25 Issue 1
Issue editors: David Gilbert, Judith Hawley, Helen Nicholson & Libby Worth
Publication date: 31 March 2020
The current attempts of theatre makers to increase diversity by including non-professionals in their casts and of social policy makers to promote participation in the arts justify the perception that there is an ‘amateur turn’ in performance practice. Yet this ‘turn’ has not brought about a revolution in attitudes to the amateur. As Sarah Jane Bailes points out, the amateur actor is an ‘often risible and endearing figure to a British public’. And often more risible than anything else. The tension between the commitment with which amateurs pursue their activities and the indifference they meet in professional and academic circles inspired us to champion the very notion of the amateur in this issue. We challenge the notion of the amateur as secondary or second rate. These essays explore the geographies and histories of amateur performance, think through the nature and limits of the idea of the amateur in different cultural contexts and help us to develop a new vocabulary to understand the complexity and nuances of amateur performance. Authors address such subjects as the global reach of amateur performance through new social media, changing work patterns, spaces of performance, amateur participation as political activism and the distinctive aesthetics of amateur performance.