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Dionysus in 1966

David Zerbib

David Zerbib teaches Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne and at the Geneva University of Art and Design. His research interests concern the theory of performance and the aesthetics of performance art. He develops his activity through different academic, artistic and cultural contexts. Among his recent publications: ‘The Four Parameters of the Ontology of Performance (and their doubles)’ in Performance: life of the archive and topicality, AICA/Presses du réel (forthcoming); ‘The myth of the active subject: An interview with Claire Bishop,’ in The Work of Art as Dispositif: Setting the Stage for Audience Participation, France: CNRS (forthcoming); ‘Is performance performative?’ Art press 2, n°18, august-october 2010; ‘The performantial regime of the work of art,’ (Art Press 2, nov 2007- janv 2008). He curated Ce qui perd forme, an exhibition devoted to the history of performance art, in Toulouse, France (2010) and is the editor of In Octavo. Des formats de l’art, (France: Presses du réel, 2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Performance Studies in Motion : International Perspectives and Practices in the Twenty-First Century

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...‘The theatre was taken in by the Church in the Middle Ages, then some time around the Renaissance it was emancipated, or thrown out from the Church, whence it was taken in by literature; and I think in these last few days it’s being thrown...
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...In Vichy, France, in 1942, nine men are detained under a shadowy pretext. As the tension builds, the men are questioned – are they the sort of people whom the new Nazi regime considers "inferior?" An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance...
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...Abby Mann's classic story about the Nuremberg trials, under which German leaders were found guilty of crimes against humanity in 1945 and 1946. Even today, the play remains a shattering indictment of the consequences of unchecked authority...
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...Johann Mobius, the world’s greatest physicist, is locked away in a madhouse along with two other scientists. Why? Because he is haunted by recurring visions of King Solomon, and the other two are convinced they are Einstein and Newton...
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...A parade of unforgettable characters emerge from the steam in this hilarious, supernatural bathhouse. There is Tandy, fresh from teaching art appreciation at the Police Academy; Meredith, whose last memory is buying a micro-miniskirt...
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...Arthur Miller's deeply moving drama reunites two long estranged middle-aged brothers. Nostalgia and recrimination erupt as they sell off an attic full of furniture, their last link to a family and a world that no longer exist. This 1968...
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...James Goldman’s brilliant historical drama pits King Henry II of England against the strong-willed Eleanor of Aquitaine. Back stabbing, spying, double crossing, and rampant infidelity – a typical family Christmas. Typical, that is,...
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...Neil Simon’s hilarious comedy follows three brief encounters in the same suite at the famed Plaza Hotel in New York City. A BBC co-production An L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring Edward Asner, Michelle Costa, Richard...
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...Arthur Miller’s famous autobiographical drama takes place inside the tortured mind of a 40-year-old lawyer. Quentin is haunted by his disastrous affair with a needy sex symbol - a character rumored to be based on Marilyn Monroe, Miller...

Sixth Approach: Social & Sensible

Alan Read

Alan Read is Professor of Theatre at King's College, London, UK. He was Director of the Council of Europe Workshop on Theatre and Communities, and Rotherhithe Theatre Workshop in the Docklands area of South East London, in the 1980s, worked as a freelance writer in Barcelona and as Director of Talks at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in the 1990s and was the first Professor of Theatre at Roehampton University and then King's College London between 1997 and the present. He is the author of Theatre & Everyday Life: An Ethics of Performance (1993) and Theatre, Intimacy & Engagement: The Last Human Venue (2008). He is the founding consultant editor of Performance Research journal. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Theatre in the Expanded Field: Seven Approaches to Performance

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2013

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...I have a childhood recollection of a television programme on a small black and white screen in the corner of a suburban room in the early 1960s. A man, the fugitive, was running from bus station into a back alley, evading capture...