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Applying Performance

Live Art, Socially Engaged Theatre and Affective Practice

Applying Performance by Nicola Shaughnessy
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Applying Performance offers new ways of thinking about contemporary performance, live art and applied theatre. The book features a range of examples of socially engaged and participatory practices, considering key questions and debates about how we value this kind of work, who it is for, what purposes it serves and its status as art. Challenging divisions between subject and object, process and performance, artist and spectator, theory and practice, mind and body, the book participates in the various theoretical turns to affect, ethics and cognition to consider how and why we are moved as partakers in performance, the importance of empathy and embodiment to critical and creative engagement and the role of play and pleasure in affective practice. Case studies include work in a range of institutional settings to include education, health care, museums and prisons as well as projects using performance in developing communities and cultures. The examples are considered in the context of contemporary performance with sections on auto/biography, space, site and place, digital cultures and participatory performance.
Palgrave Macmillan; July 2012
311 pages; ISBN 9781137033642
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Title: Applying Performance
Author: Nicola Shaughnessy
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