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Emerging Affinities – Possible Futures of Performative Arts
This volume is a response to the growing need for new methodological approaches to the rapidly changing landscape of new forms of performative practices. The authors address a host of contemporary phenomena situated at the crossroads between science and fiction which employ various media and merge live participation with mediated hybrid experiences at both affective and cognitive level. All essays collected here move across disciplinary divisions in order to provide an account of these new tendencies, thus providing food for thought for a wide readership ranging from performative studies to the social sciences, philosophy and cultural studies.
Energy and Forces as Aesthetic Interventions
Politics of Bodily Scenarios
Aesthetic dimensions of energetic processes. Theoretical, analytic and critical approaches to dance, theatre and performance in dialogue.
Theatre in Transformation
Artistic Processes and Cultural Policy in South Africa
Theatre is a mirror of society; artists are seismographs in processes of transformation. The book is based on a research about Cultural Policy in post-apartheid South Africa.
Independent Theatre in Contemporary Europe
Structures – Aesthetics – Cultural Policy
What about the state of independent theatre? A reflection about the last 20 years – and agile insights in heterogeneous european productions.
Hawaiian Hula `Olapa
Stylized Embodiment, Percussion, and Chanted Oral Poetry
Hula `Olapa, a performance tradition of Hawaii, shapes and transmits oral history via a distinct set of performative means of framing and stylization.
Theater in Lebanon
Production, Reception and Confessionalism
With a rich history of conflicts, a society full of contrasts, Lebanon presents a theater not less fascinating with its wide spectrum of social peculiarities. Confessionalism, which crystallizes to a key concept in the social balance as well as its misbalance, defines the images of the »self« and of the »other« within the Christian and Moslem social worlds and in the manner they interrelate with each other. It also generates a complex base for the interpretation of theatrical signs and symbols, theater being another stage for interaction between two conflicting social worlds. This book sheds a light on theater in Lebanon, its production and reception, the significance of theatrical performance and its implications, and the many categories ruling this phenomenon.