Current issue: Volume 28 Issue 5

On Sadness

Issue editors: After Performance (Felipe Cervera, Alvin Eng Hui Lim, Ella Parry-Davies, Matthew Yoxall)

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2024) 28:5

This issue is edited by After Performance, a research collective formed in 2015. We invited authors to (re)consider the relationships between sadness and performance, in particular through complicating performance studies’ established focus on efficacy, action and change. We asked instead, how might sadness re-articulate performance as ‘bearing with’ rather than ‘moving on’? Contributions in the issue take up the encounters between performance and sadness, mourning, melancholia, grief, grievance and critical negativity, in particular as they are formed through experiences of race, queerness, disability, decoloniality and the precarity of artistic labour. Together, they explore what sadness makes thinkable or possible when mobilised as a theory or practice of performance.

 

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1 The Power of the Sad: Performance, bearing with and

compassion

AFTER PERFORMANCE

 

8 When Melancholia Turns Black

NANA ADUSEI-POKU AND ALHENA KATSOF

 

14 Emotional Weather Reports: Online performance as

affective practice in the MonoVlogs of Layeta Bucoy and

Olivia Kristine Nieto

OSCAR T. SERQUIÑA, JR

 

23 Still Resisting Left Melancholy? Chinese New Leftist

theatre’s inheritance and resistance in Che Guevara (Qie

Gewala) (2000–1)

CHAOMEI CHEN

 

34 ‘It’s Not Because It’s Not There, That It Isn’t There’:

Visibility and invisibility within Black flamenco performance

AMY SCHOFIELD

 

41 Performing Processions: Premonitions and palimpsests

LAURA BISSELL

 

50 Why Do I Keep Crying?

MATTHEW DE KERSAINT GIRAUDEAU

 

58 The Limits of Cis Compassion: The sad trans experience and

its others in contemporary Turkish theatre

A. BERKEM YANIKCAN

 

67 Transmuting Trauma and ‘Alchemiz[ing] Inherited Wounds’:

iele paloumpis’s disabled, diasporic choreographies of care

KIERA BONO

 

The Sad Choreography of Systemic Misconduct, from Cause

to Affect

MARTIN AUSTIN

 

82 Women’s Work: The ‘inescapable presence’ of intimate

partner violence

HEATHER SINCAVAGE

 

88 Through the Lens of Grief: Re-reading performance through

pregnancy loss

KATHERINE NOLAN

 

93 Vivacious and Sad Dances: Yala jama and yala paatey as pre and post-burial celebrations of the Ga people in Ghana

TERRY OFOSU

 

101 Lockdown Theatres of Sadness: Case studies of precarity in

artistic work

ILINCA TODORUT

 

110 Queer, Brown Dancing Bodies in a White Cube: Refusal and

mourning in Gerald Casel’s Not About Race Dance

BHUMI PATEL

 

118 The Revolutionary Mourner, and the Collective Body:

The performativity of grief in the Woman, Life, Freedom

movement

SABA ZAVAREI

 

122 In Remembrance [Artist Pages]

EMILY O’HARA

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REVIEWS

126 Who Embodies Mourning?

HEUNJUNG LEE

127 Performance, Unknown Otherwise

CHRISTINE XIONG

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129 Notes on Contributors

 

 

Front cover of Performance Research: Volume 28 Issue 5 - On Sadness