Volume 27 Issue 2
Issue editors: Martin Welton
Publication date: 6 February 2023
This special issue deals with touch as it appears, is deployed, applied and experienced in the production and reception of performance. However, rather than continue to perpetuate a dyadic account – of touching and being touched – in which it remains a fundamentally passive receipt of sensory information about other things, the issue's authors give attention to the active, the multiple and the mysterious in the act of touching. To reduce touch to sensation alone would be to obscure the tension and release inherent to the acts of hefting, grasping, stroking, pressing and testing that are shaped and afforded in acts and events of performance. Even more than this, as the issue's authors attest, to attend to these acts is to describe an aesthetics – a knowing in sensing – in the admixture of bodies, environments and events.
Volume 27 Issue 4
Issue editors: Andy Lavender and Julia Peetz
Publication date: 27 February 2023
This edition of Performance Research offers critical examinations of contemporary performances of protest across the globe. Protest can be understood as theatre, and more particularly as a form of public manifestation that draws upon a wide repertoire of representational devices. This edition asks how protest feels, and who is doing the feeling? It considers the performativity of protest. It pays particular regard to the extent to which protest achieves change and the ways in which historical protests help to inform judgements of the conduct, legitimacy and efficacy of current protest actions. What historical instances are invoked to draw comparisons to current forms of activism and resistance? How do contemporary protests draw on historical repertoires of protest that reflect or extend beyond their specific political contexts? Do protest strategies and tactics need to evolve as languages of protest become a default mode of mainstream political discourse?
Volume 27 Issue 5
Issue editors: Noyale Colin and Stefanie Sachsenmaier
Publication date: 10 April 2023
This special issue critically examines the notion of solidarity from and within the field of performance. Solidarity as a concept is ethically vacuous and in need of a clear ethical and political agenda. This issue specifically addresses questions concerning the ways that solidarity is ‘performed’ and the kinds of contributions the field of performance can make in working towards social equality. Across the various contributions, the issue sketches out the ways that solidarity is practised in and through performance as a potential generative force for social change. In discussing situated practices within various socio-political contexts, it examines a variety of solidary formations and bindings, such as within racial and religious minority groups, as well as solidarity existing across difference. It offers discussions of the ways solidarity is performed in colonial contexts, in post-disaster relief work, as well as in local activist groups.