Play, Performance, and Identity

How Institutions Structure Ludic Spaces

Author: Matt Omasta,Drew Chappell

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317703235

Category: Art

Page: 192

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Play helps define who we are as human beings. However, many of the leisurely/ludic activities people participate in are created and governed by corporate entities with social, political, and business agendas. As such, it is critical that scholars understand and explicate the ideological underpinnings of played-through experiences and how they affect the player/performers who engage in them. This book explores how people play and why their play matters, with a particular interest in how ludic experiences are often constructed and controlled by the interests of institutions, including corporations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, religious organizations, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Each chapter explores diverse sites of play. From theme parks to comic conventions to massively-multiplayer online games, they probe what roles the designers of these experiences construct for players, and how such play might affect participants' identities and ideologies. Scholars of performance studies, leisure studies, media studies and sociology will find this book an essential reference when studying facets of play.

Culture, Performance and Identity. Paths of Communication in Kenya

Paths of Communication in Kenya

Author: Kimani Njogu

Publisher: African Books Collective

ISBN: 9966724419

Category: Social Science

Page: 196

View: 1631

Our lives, which are mainly structured according to repeated and socially sanctioned modes of behaviour suggest that human activity is a performance; it is an activity undertaken with a consciousness of itself. We are always aware that someone who has certain expectations about us is watching. In order to satisfy the expectation we behave accordingly. Quite often we are conscious of projecting identity - in politics, in our homes, places of worship, on the street, among colleagues and so on. But how does this happen? This book brings together essays which cover a number of key areas: Gender, Disability, Media, Sports, Literature, Religion, Land and Youth, Music. Through an examination of the situation in Kenya, the essays opens new ways of understanding forms of local, national and global identity.

Sergi Belbel and Catalan Theatre

Text, Performance and Identity

Author: David John George

Publisher: Boydell & Brewer

ISBN: 1855662205

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 220

View: 4652

A major contemporary playwright and director.

Performing Identity and Gender in Literature, Theatre and the Visual Arts

Author: Panayiota Chrysochou

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 1443878588

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 135

View: 2755

This volume presents a compelling mélange of chapters focusing on the myriad ways in which performance and gender are inextricably bound to identity. It shows how gender, performance and identity play themselves out in various ways, contexts and genres, in order to illumine the very instability and fluidity of identity as a static category. As such, it is a must-read for anyone interested in gender studies, identity politics and literature in general.

Performance and Identity in the Classical World

Author: Anne Duncan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107320852

Category: History

Page: N.A

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Performance and Identity in the Classical World traces attitudes towards actors in Greek and Roman culture as a means of understanding ancient conceptions of, and anxieties about, the self. Actors were often viewed as frauds and impostors, capable of deliberately fabricating their identities. Conversely, they were sometimes viewed as possessed by the characters that they played, or as merely playing themselves onstage. Numerous sources reveal an uneasy fascination with actors and acting, from the writings of elite intellectuals (philosophers, orators, biographers, historians) to the abundant theatrical anecdotes that can be read as a body of 'popular performance theory'. This 2005 text examines these sources, along with dramatic texts and addresses the issue of impersonation, from the late fifth century BCE to the early Roman Empire.

Theatre and Performance in Small Nations

Author: Steven Blandford

Publisher: Intellect Books

ISBN: 184150646X

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 212

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Arguing that the cultures of small nations offer vital insights into the way people relate to national identity in a globalized world, Theatre and Performance in Small Nations features an array of case studies that examine the relationships between theater, performance, identity, and the nation. These contributions cover a wide range of national contexts, including small “stateless” nations such as Catalonia, Scotland, and Wales; First Nations such as indigenous Australia and the Latino United States; and geographically enormous nations whose relationships to powerful neighbors radically affect their sense of cultural autonomy

Performance: pt. 1. Identity and the self

Author: Philip Auslander

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415255158

Category: Performance

Page: 480

View: 3663

This collection reflects not only the multidisciplinary nature of current thinking about performance, but also the complex and contested nature of the concept itself.

Blake's Drama

Theatre, Performance and Identity in the Illuminated Books

Author: Diane Piccitto

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137378018

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 251

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Blake's Drama challenges conventional views of William Blake's multimedia work by reinterpreting it as theatrical performance. Viewed in its dramatic contexts, this art form is shown to provoke an active spectatorship and to depict identity as paradoxically essential and constructed, revealing Blake's investments in drama, action, and the body.

Gender, Performance, and Identity

Author: Mwenda Ntarangwi

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780865439740

Category: Social Science

Page: 361

View: 8831

Juxtaposing cultural norms with everyday practices, Ntarangwi explores how gender and identity are practiced, constructed, mobilised and contested through popular musical expressions known as Taarah. By examining masculinity and femininity within these expressions, Ntarangwi raises questions of critical importance to the study of gender, positing ultimately that gender can be used to reshape conceptual categories and intellectual theories of everyday experiences.

Belly Dance Around the World

New Communities, Performance and Identity

Author: Caitlin E. McDonald,Barbara Sellers-Young

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786473703

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 224

View: 1237

Dancer/scholars from around the world have contributed essays on belly dance to this book. They all carefully consider the transformation of an improvised folk form from North Africa and the Middle East into a popular global dance practice. The essays explore the differences between the solo improvisational forms of North Africa and the Middle East, often referred to as raqs sharki, which are part of family celebrations, and the numerous globalized versions of this dance form, belly dance, derived from the movement vocabulary of North Africa and the Middle East but with a variety of performance styles distinct from its site of origin. Local versions of belly dance have grown and changed along with the role that dance plays in the community. The global evolution of belly dance is an inspiring example of the interplay of imagination, the internet and the social forces of local communities.


A Critical Introduction

Author: Marvin A. Carlson

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415137034

Category: Art - 20e siècle

Page: 247

View: 9765

This book provides an overview of the modern concept of performace and how it has developed in various fields. Topics discussed include the evolution of performance art since the 1960s and performance in society.

The Performance of Self

Ritual, Clothing, and Identity During the Hundred Years War

Author: Susan Crane

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press

ISBN: 9780812218060

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 268

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Medieval courtiers defined themselves in ceremonies and rituals. Tournaments, Maying, interludes, charivaris, and masking invited the English and French nobility to assert their identities in gesture and costume as well as in speech. These events presumed that performance makes a self, in contrast to the modern belief that identity precedes social performance and, indeed, that performance falsifies the true, inner self. Susan Crane resists the longstanding convictions that medieval rituals were trivial affairs, and that personal identity remained unarticulated until a later period. Focusing on England and France during the Hundred Years War, Crane draws on wardrobe accounts, manuscript illuminations, chronicles, archaeological evidence, and literature to recover the material as well as the verbal constructions of identity. She seeks intersections between theories of practice and performance that explain how appearances and language connect when courtiers dress as wild men to interrupt a wedding feast, when knights choose crests and badges to supplement their coats of arms, and when Joan of Arc cross-dresses for the court of inquisition after her capture.

Performance and Phenomenology

Traditions and Transformations

Author: Maaike Bleeker,Jon Foley Sherman,Eirini Nedelkopoulou

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317617932

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 254

View: 9773

This book offers a timely discussion about the interventions and tensions between two contested and contentious fields, performance and phenomenology, with international case studies that map an emerging 21st century terrain of critical and performance practice. Building on the foundational texts of both fields that established the performativity of perception and cognition, Performance and Phenomenology continues a tradition that considers experience to be the foundation of being and meaning. Acknowledging the history and critical polemics against phenomenological methodology and against performance as a field of study and category of artistic production, the volume provides both an introduction to core thinkers and an expansion on their ideas in a wide range of case studies. Whether addressing the use of dead animals in performance, actor training, the legal implications of thinking phenomenologically about how we walk, or the intertwining of digital and analog perception, each chapter explores a world comprised of embodied action and thought. The established and emerging scholars contributing to the volume develop insights central to the phenomenological tradition while expanding on the work of contemporary theorists and performers. In asking why performance and phenomenology belong in conversation together, the book suggests how they can transform each other in the process and what is at stake in this transformation.

Performance and Identity in Irish Stand-Up Comedy

The Comic 'i'

Author: S. Colleary

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137343907

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 209

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One of the cultural phenomena to occur in Ireland in the last two decades has been the highly successful growth of stand-up comedy as a popular entertainment genre. This book examines stand-up comedy from the perspective of the narrated self, through the prism of the fabricated comedy persona, including Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Maeve Higgins.

Historical Affects and the Early Modern Theater

Author: Ronda Arab,Michelle Dowd,Adam Zucker

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317690702

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 260

View: 6577

This collection of original essays honors the groundbreaking scholarship of Jean E. Howard by exploring cultural and economic constructions of affect in the early modern theater. While historicist and materialist inquiry has dominated early modern theater studies in recent years, the historically specific dimensions of affect and emotion remain underexplored. This volume brings together these lines of inquiry for the first time, exploring the critical turn to affect in literary studies from a historicist perspective to demonstrate how the early modern theater showcased the productive interconnections between historical contingencies and affective attachments. Considering well-known plays such as Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra and Thomas Dekker’s The Shoemaker’s Holiday together with understudied texts such as court entertainments, and examining topics ranging from dramatic celebrity to women’s political agency to the parental emotion of grief, this volume provides a fresh and at times provocative assessment of the "historical affects"—financial, emotional, and socio-political—that transformed Renaissance theater. Instead of treating history and affect as mutually exclusive theoretical or philosophical contexts, the essays in this volume ask readers to consider how drama emplaces the most personal, unspeakable passions in matrices defined in part by financial exchange, by erotic desire, by gender, by the material body, and by theatricality itself. As it encourages this conversation to take place, the collection provides scholars and students alike with a series of new perspectives, not only on the plays, emotions, and histories discussed in its pages, but also on broader shifts and pressures animating literary studies today.

Vile eloquence

performance and identity in Greco-Roman rhetoric

Author: N.A

Publisher: N.A


Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 221

View: 4445


Identity, Performance and Technology

Practices of Empowerment, Embodiment and Technicity

Author: Susan Broadhurst,Josephine Machon

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230298885

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 234

View: 4014

This project investigates the implications of technology on identity in embodied performance, exploring the interrelationship of & between identities in performance practices & considering how identity is formed, de-formed, blurred & celebrated within diverse approaches to technological performance practice.

Latina Performance

Traversing the Stage

Author: Alicia Arrizón

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 9780253212856

Category: History

Page: 218

View: 9929

"Latina Performance is a densely theorized treatment of rich materials." —MultiCultural Review "Arrizón's important book revolves around the complex issues of identity formation and power relations for US women performers of Latin American descent." —Choice Latina Performance examines the Latina subject whose work as dramatist, actress, theorist, and/or critic further defines the field of theater and performance in the United States. Alicia Arrizón looks at the cultural politics that flows from the intersection of gender, ethnicity, race, class, and sexuality.

Performing Conquest

Five Centuries of Theater, History, and Identity in Tlaxcala, Mexico

Author: Patricia A. Ybarra

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472116797

Category: History

Page: 271

View: 7565

An unprecedented reading of Mexican history through the lens of performance