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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

Books

...‘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...

‘M’ is for Moon Among Other Things  

Written by

Tom Stoppard

~playauthor~Written by~ Tom Stoppard

Faber and Faber, 2012

Faber Drama

Playtext

Roles: Total (2), Female (1), Male (1), Unassigned (0)

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Summary
...'M' is for Moon Among Other Things is a 1964 radio play for two voices. The death of Marilyn Monroe and the M to N section of an illustrated encyclopedia take on an unexpected significance in the lives of Constance and Alfred...
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...A brand-new lawyer and his bride have returned from their honeymoon and are moving into a new apartment. Once there, they find the place is bare of furniture, the paint job is wrong, the skylight leaks and wacky neighbors keep popping up...