Forthcoming issues

Volume 28 Issue 4

On the Mundane

Issue editors: Sozita Goudouna, Eleni Kolliopoulou, Eero Laine, Kristen Lewis and Rumen Rachev
Publication date: 15 April 2024

This issue of Performance Research examines the mundane as both an analytic of day-to-day performance and as an inspiration and foil for art and performances that have sought to disrupt, disturb and even destroy the mundane and the attendant monotony and conventions of daily life. The fact that, even among the extraordinary events of the past few years, we continue to embrace and even rely on the mundane as an often-invisible structure to our lives and performative practices is striking. This issue aims to take seriously the potential expansiveness of performance to examine that which is so commonplace as to be often overlooked. In this context the editors developed collaborative workshops to consider daily performances across the planet. These theorizations together map an array of performing mundanity. How does, say, crossing the street in Mumbai speak to the same mundane performance in Cairo, Ramallah, São Paulo, Vancouver? What mundane acts are performed each day by a billion people? How might we collectively theorize the shared performances of our often-mundane daily lives? The issue invites performance studies to push the logics of performance through the lens of mundanity.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 28, issue 4 - On the Mundane

Volume 28 Issue 5

On Sadness

Issue editors: After Performance (Felipe Cervera, Alvin Eng Hui Lim, Ella Parry-Davies, Matthew Yoxall)
Publication date: 20 April 2024

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.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 28, issue 5 - On Sadness

Volume 28 Issue 6

On Habit

Issue editors: Frank Camilleri (University of Malta) and John-David Dewsbury
Publication date: 31 May 2024

This issue considers the role played by habit in performance practices and studies. In the rich connections between habits and performance in terms of repetition, enactment and embodiment, this volume contextualizes and balances the predominant view that habits are obstacles in restraining innovation and freedom in behaviour and imagination. Far from arresting creativity, the power of habit is in its stabilizing capacity that enables generative change in processes like training, composition (including devising and adaptation), directing, writing, rehearsing, performing and indeed living. The intimate links between habits and material environment are equally vital for the site-sensitive issues of staging, design and location.From the individual to the collective, from the source of certain actions to the implications of others, from aptitudes or skills to tendencies and inclinations, this issue delves into the nature of habits by engaging with a broader and more nuanced understanding of the processes, mechanisms and potentials involved.

Illustration of Performance Research Volume 28, issue 6 - On Habit