Forthcoming issues

Volume 26 Issue 6

On Repair

Issue editors: Peter Eckersall & Helen Grehan
Publication date: 1 June 2022

This issue of Performance Research explores the act of repair as it pertains to the broken systems, people and things that we see and experience, and that we break every day. ‘On Repair’ was made during the global Covid-19 pandemic and, as such, it explores the ways in which this pandemic has accelerated and made visible so many lifeforms and things that are on their last legs, patched over, stretched too thinly or just not given a fair go. Most things, it would appear, seem to be broken in fundamental ways and our institutions, knowledge systems, human relations and the overarching ecosphere are all in urgent need of repair. This issue considers how performance, creativity and the imagination work as a means of repair. Contributors explore what modes of performance dramaturgy and performance criticism are relevant now as ways to rehabilitate and repair the human.

The Japanese technique of kintsugi—repairing broken objects with filaments of precious metal—reflects close attention to detail, to the minutiae and to an act of repair that enhances the original. This practice is a hopeful one. It teaches us that the human and non-human worlds alike need mending and deep care. Ultimately, this issue explores the act of repair as an act of care. Our aim is to show how artists and thinkers can do this, especially now, when the need for repair is paramount.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 26, issue 6 - On Repair

Volume 26 Issue 7

On Air

Issue editors: Evelyn O'Malley & Chloe Preedy
Publication date: 18 June 2022

Air is a fundamental, life-sustaining aspect of existence. As a mediating element, air also shapes human modes of expression, including performance. Yet the air has not always received the attention it deserves, with its virtual omnipresence paradoxically making this mostly invisible element all too easy to forget. ‘On Air’ considers how performance might encourage more careful attunement to the air. Both breathing and environmental contexts of atmospheric exposure are central to its concerns, with pieces that consider diverse lived experiences and degrees of vulnerability to this element. Various contributors reflect on the specific implications of COVID-19 for understandings of and interactions with the air, while others discuss how performed responses and negotiations might foreground aerial embodiment. Above all, this issue invites reflection on what it might mean for us, as individuals and communities, to live -- and perform -- in the air.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 26, issue 7 - On Air

Volume 26 Issue 8

Undercover

Issue editors: James Harding & Fraser Stevens
Publication date: 30 June 2022

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.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 26, issue 8 - Undercover