Volume 25 Issue 5
Issue editors: Annouchka Bayley
Publication date: 28 February 2021
‘On Diffraction’ is an invitation to explore the nuanced performativities of the quantum world in and for performance studies. This issue responds to Haraway and Barad’s call for creating urgent, new ways of thinking about the performance and performativity of phenomena that we often take for granted—the world of atoms and photons, waves and wavelengths, microbes and microscopes—that extend beyond human-centred ways of performing the world, in all its vibrancy. We will foreground the spooky, dynamic and subtle ways that diffraction impacts on our understanding of how matter comes to matter—on how all things emerge out of tiny indeterminacies that shape us and the world we live in. At the heart of this issue lies the redefining of political response-ability: how we might go about creating new, critical and performance-based investigations into what it is to perform and be performed within an entanglement of non/human agencies.
Volume 25 Issue 6
Practices of Interweaving
Issue editors: Richard Gough, Christel Weiler, Stefan Donath
Publication date: 15 March 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: 31 March 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