Current issue: Volume 26 Issue 8

Undercover

Issue editors: James Harding & Fraser Stevens

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2022) 26:8

This edition of Performance Research dives into the murky realities that belie undercover and covert undertakings. From domestic engagements to clandestine settings (of which some appear to be one and the same) this issue tackles the ethics, challenges, moral pitfalls, gendered realities, moments of necessity and artistic qualities of undercover practices. Many are topics that fall within the categories of ‘performing ground’ (Levin), ‘not–not identities’ (Schneider), ‘intentional concealment’ (Bok) and ‘dark play’ (Schechner). With an array of international contributors, this issue moves beyond the traditional and popular conceptualization of ‘undercover’ to question how society understands the covert, clandestine and hidden, and where theatre and performance intersect with such undertakings. ‘Undercover’ draws back the curtain on otherwise unseen practices and knowledge and allows readers to glimpse the hidden worlds beneath and within.

 

READ THE EDITORIAL AND ARTICLE ABSTRACTS online

 

1 Editorial: Revealing undercover engagements

JAMES M. HARDING AND  FRASER STEVENS 

 

5 Performing under the Bedspread: Hysterical undercover

operations

JOHANNA BRAUN

 

15 Mutual Deception and Disguise: Iranian artists and censors

Q-MARS HAERI

 

24 Larvatus Prodeo: Covert seduction in Dora Garcia’s The

Romeos [artist pages]

THOMAS BÎRZAN

 

29 The Poetic Failure of Mata Hari: Espionage as performance

theatre

FRASER STEVENS

 

41 Unearth Not: Gestures of concealment and Zlato Paković's

theatre of reveal in Post-Yugoslav Serbia

ŽELJANA TUNIĆ AND SNEŽANA STANKOVIĆ

 

52 Enstranglements: Undercover in Arts for Health [artist pages]

BECKY SHAW, ANTHONY SCHRAG, FRANCES WILLIAMS

AND SARAH (SMIZZ) SMITH

 

56 Spy House: Transformations in espionage performance

SARA BRADY

 

66 Microhistories of Jewish Clandestine Performance, Self-

Orientation and Survival during the Holocaust

ADELA M. KARSZNIA

 

76 (C)Overt Operations: Detective disguise and the threat of

deception

ISABEL STOWELL-KAPLAN

 

87 Watching the Detectives [artist pages]

ALEXANDER KELLY

 

91 Cover to Uncover: Masked performance and gender in Emmy

Hennings’ and Sophie Taeuber’s Dada dance

SOPHIE DOUTRELIGNE

 

101 Undercover Next Door: The Cold War aesthetics of truth and

deception in espionage theatre

JAMES M. HARDING

 

111 Unearthing Undercover: Intimations relating

campesinos, the more-than-human and the politically

disappeared in my art practice [artist pages]

LIVIA DAZA-PARIS

 

116 Hidden Archives, Closeted Desires, Postponed Utopias: Queer

ultra-nationalism in Turkish opera

RÜSTEM ERTUĞ ALTINAY

 

126 Fowl Play: Overtures in human–bird communication

NATALIE DOONAN

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REVIEWS

135 In Search of a Desi Drag Queen

AB BROWN

137 Predicting the Unpredictable

ALISON D'AMATO

138 The Transloca as Theoretical and Hermeneutical Model

SHANE T. MOREMAN

139 ‘Not knowable in advance’: Feeling brown with José Muñoz

PATRICIA YBARRA

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141 Notes on Contributors