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Routledge Performance Archive Awarded Outstanding Academic Title Award by Choice Magazine

The Routledge Performance Archive is the future of theater and performance studies. A unique collection of contemporary and past practitioners, the Archive gives users access to videos - including workshops, performances and lectures - and audio interviews from the leading lights in theater and performance. The Routledge Performance Archive has been selected as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries.

The Routledge Performance Archive has been selected as a 2013 Outstanding Academic Title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. As stated on the Choice website; this list reflects the best in scholarly titles reviewed by Choice, and takes into account the:

  • excellence of scholarship
  • value to undergraduate students
  • importance of the title in building undergraduate library collections.

For more information on the Choice selection criteria visit their website

What makes the Routledge Performance Archive an Outstanding Academic Title?

The Archive is an essential, ground breaking resource for anyone teaching or researching about theater and performance studies.

This is a unique collection of footage and critical commentaries, allowing you to shape your teaching and take your research in new directions. The Archive launched with 20 hours of audio-visual material; and now contains over 60 hours of content, critical commentaries discussing the material, and links to free related journal content. If you want to know more, watch our Take a Tour video and then read on.

What can I do with the Archive?

Once subscribed you can easily search by subject, practitioner or keyword to discover new material, explore themes, make linkages and take new approaches. You can then deliver these resources direct to the classroom, lecture theater and library, and through Blackboard, map specific entries across to each week’s teaching. Our subscribers have also shared how they use the Archive - here are their suggestions:

  • Watch exclusive videos from practitioners’ own archives
  • Listen to unique audio material
  • Introduce audio-visual material to the classroom or studio
  • Add recommended reading to your classes with our first-hand accounts, authoritative definitions and contextualising commentary
  • Make connections across many decades of theater-making
  • Explore themes and ideas about performance practice
  • Discover practitioners, methods, styles of work
  • Look at how practice shapes performance
  • Map influences and approaches across cultures and eras.

With over 60 hours of audio-visual material, there’s something for everyone.

How much content?

That’s right, the Archive is over double its original sizecontaining over 60 hours of audio-visual material from leading practitioners; critical commentaries providing much needed contextualisation of the material; and free access to selected journal articles on

We will continue to add more, too. We add new material every three months, which as a subscriber you can access as part of your annual subscription. In 2014 the Archive will feature a new section on ‘practice as research’, with more geographic coverage, more practitioners, and more subject areas.

What new content is there?

If you’ve undertaken a trial of the Archive in 2013, chances are you haven’t seen everything that’s been included. It’s a long list, but demonstrates how the Archive is becoming a comprehensive, indispensable tool for students, teachers, and researchers. You should really subscribe or request a free trial to explore everything on the Archive.

But if you want a snapshot, take a look at what we’ve added from world-leading practitioners:

  • Exclusive footage from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s National Video Archive of Performance Recordings, including interviews with:
    • Talawa Theatre Company’s Yvonne Brewster on her career
    • Sir Peter Hall on theater in Britain in the 1950s
    • Pip Simmons on the landmark 1975 production ‘An Die Musik’
    • Renowned producer Thelma Holt on theater in the 1950s
  • Kaash by Akram Khan
  • Grotesque Dancer by Liz Aggiss and Billy Cowie
  • Turn Your F^*king Head - a 60-minute documentary of Deborah Hay's Solo Performance Commissioning Project, filmed by Becky Edmunds
  • Touchdown Dance by Steve Paxton
  • Rachel Rosenthal's Pangean Dreams
  • Bobby Baker's The Kitchen Show and Drawing on Mother's Experience
  • Peter Thomson's lecture on Brecht's Survival and Contradiction
  • Carol Rutter's documentary (filmed at The Globe) on Shakespeare in performance: Unpinning Desdemona
  • Rekha Tandon's documentary and performance Odissi: A Dance of Sculpture
  • A workshop from Alison Hodge's Core Training For The Relational Actor
  • Concerning Butoh, Kazuo Ohno and Respect by Tadashi Endo.

We’ve also added over 20 specially commissioned critical commentaries on the audio-visual material providing:

  • Information about each clip
  • Detailed descriptions of the footage
  • The ideas and principles behind the documented work
  • Context and concise critical interpretations
  • Connections to other work
  • Short bibliographies directing you to key follow-on reading.

Commentaries have been provided by some of the leading lights in theater and performance:

  • Adam Ledger
  • Alexia Kokkali
  • Paul Allain
  • David Zinder
  • Jonathan Pitches
  • Avner Eisenberg
  • Jos Houben
  • Mike Pearson
  • Phillip Zarrilli
  • John Rudlin
  • Nikki Cesare.

All the academic texts have been commissioned and edited by Academic Consultant Professor Maggie B. Gale, University of Manchester, UK.

What’s in it for me?

If you are a librarian, you will be providing a comprehensive collection of leading practitioners and performances to staff and students, fully supported by usage statistics and regularly updated as part of your annual subscription – and a price that won’t break your budget.

If you’re a lecturer or researcher (or put yourself in your students’ shoes), you will:

  • Have access to the most comprehensive collection of theater and performance audio and visual material
  • Save time and find it easy to use - no more searching for similar items on Youtube, or other sites (and you won’t have to watch those pesky advertisements)
  • Get inspired! You can browse through a smorgasbord of material to inspire your performance pieces, classroom, whatever – all at a fraction of the time it would take using other platforms.

And once you subscribe, you’ll have it all for at least a year.

Want to subscribe?

The Routledge Performance Archive is available to your institution for a yearly subscription, at a price that suits your budget, and can be tailored for your needs. Contact our friendly sales team to find out more.

Or Take a Free Trial…

We understand subscribing is a big decision. We’re telling you what we think, but we know you’ll want to find out for yourself. So why not experience it directly?

Arrange your 30 day free trial here, or contact our team. If you need any support during your free trial – informing staff members via email for example – then contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

We hope you enjoy the RPA as much as we have.