The Community Performance Reader
Edited by Petra Kuppers, Gwen Robertson
Routledge – 2007 – 304 pages
Community Performance: A Reader is the first book to provide comprehensive teaching materials for this significant part of the theatre studies curriculum. It brings together core writings and critical approaches to community performance work, presenting practices in the UK, USA, Australia and beyond.
Offering a comprehensive anthology of key writings in the vibrant field of community performance, spanning dance, theatre and visual practices, this Reader uniquely combines classic writings from major theorists and practitioners such as Augusto Boal, Paolo Freire, Dwight Conquergood and Jan Cohen Cruz, with newly commissioned essays that bring the anthology right up to date with current practice.
This book can be used as a stand-alone text, or together with its companion volume, Community Performance: An Introduction, to offer an accessible and classroom-friendly introduction to the field of community performance.
Part 1: Pedagogical Communities Part 2: Relations Part 3: Environments Part 4: Rituals, Embodiment, Challenge Part 5: Practices
List of Contributors: Petra Kuppers, Gwen Robertson, Eugene van Erven, Augusto Boal, Paulo Freire, Gerard Delanty, Anita Gonzalez, Dwight Conquergood, Jessica Berson, Baz Kershaw, Nicolas Bourriaud, Becky Shaw, Cedar Nordbye, Devora Neumark, Theresa May, Ubong S. Nda, Marcia Blumberg, Graham Pitts, Ana Flores, Libby Worth, Helen Poynor, Lomas, Deborah Hay, Cynthia Novak, Terry Galloway, Donna Marie Nudd, Carrie Sandahl, Diane Amans, Jan Cohen Cruz, Rebecca Caines, Glenda Dickerson, Carrie Sandahl
Petra Kuppers is a community artist, a disability culture activist and Associate Professor of English, Theatre and Women’s Studies, University of Michigan. She is the author of Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge, 2003, and The Scar of Visibility: Medical Performances and Contemporary Art, 2007.
Gwen Robertson is Associate Professor of Art History at Humboldt State University specializing in 20th century and contemporary art. Her research and teaching interests center on rethinking the role of the arts in contemporary life.