Volume 25 Issue 6
Practices of Interweaving
Issue editors: Richard Gough, Christel Weiler, Stefan Donath
Publication date: 31 May 2021
This double issue of Performance Research is the result of a two-year collaboration with the International Research Center ‘Interweaving Performance Cultures’ at the Freie Universität, Berlin. The Center was founded in 2008 with the aim of opening up a completely new field of research: processes of interweaving performance cultures. For ten years, scholars from around the world were invited to be Fellows, conducting their own research in relation to the Center’s theme. While the word ‘interweaving’ points to a variety of practices - activities of merging heterogeneous materials, encounters between living beings and objects, processes of interaction and negotiation and the fraught undertaking of engaging with one other, entailing the risk of resistance - it also points to togetherness, tension, retreat and potential transformation.
Since its concluding conference in July 2018, the Center has focused on producing a multi-volume series of scholarly publications on specific aspects of the interweaving of performance cultures. However, from the inception of the project, artists were also invited to take up residency at the Center, to give guest presentations, to explore radical reinterpretations of interweaving and to pursue their artistic practice within the theme. This issue will weave and curate material from many of these visiting artists, exploring different formats for the presentation of their practice – interviews, conversations, manifestos, photo-essays, artist-pages and texts.
Volume 25 Issue 8
Issue editors: Felipe Cervera, Elizabeth de Roza and Michael Earley
Publication date: 15 June 2021
‘Training Utopias’ reflects on where the ideals of performance training have been subsumed in the first quarter of the twenty-first century. This is not a historical survey of training practices, but a look at the here and now of practice and praxis in different parts of the world and in different circumstances. The sudden arrival in our midst of COVID-19 has been a shock to the system. The ways that training of performers have been curtailed and our radically shifting distance from one another and audience is sounded here. The various writers included reflect, in part, on personal responses to training and loss during this pandemic—a phenomenon that is likely to continue through 2021 and possibly beyond. Etched in all the articles is the notion that utopias and communities of practice are all artificial constructs undermined over time and through dystopian unravellings
Volume 26 Issue 1
Issue editors: Geraint D’Arcy & Richard Gough
Publication date: 30 June 2021
‘On Hell’ is an opportunity to update the scenographic maps of performance technology. At one time, to think of stage technology was to consider the vertical axis of the stage: the open heavens above and the closed underworld of the stage hidden from an audience. In the contemporary theatre space, the diversification of theatrical forms through the twentieth century has witnessed the machinery of the unseen under stage area of the nineteenth-century western theatre vanish along with our sense of what it evokes.
This issue seeks to rediscover that technologized space as a place of historical and scenographic significance in the theatre and to address the relationship between the visible playing space of the contemporary stage with the technological, now that it is no longer hidden in the historical underworld of the theatre. It examines what is now invoked when those technologies emerge and become part of the action, and ponders if once summoned, can what is underneath a stage ever be banished?