The Twentieth Century Performance Reader
Edited by Teresa Brayshaw, Noel Witts
To Be Published October 28th 2013 by Routledge – 480 pages
The Twentieth Century Performance Reader has been the key introductory text to all types of performance for over fifteen years. Extracts from over fifty practitioners, critics and theorists from the fields of dance, drama, music, theatre and liver art form an essential sourcebook for students, researchers and practitioners.
This carefully revised third edition offers a renewed focus on contributions from the world of music, and also privileges the voices of practitioners themselves ahead of more theoretical writing. A bestseller since its original publication in 1996, this new edition has been expanded to include contributions from:
Bobby Baker; Rustom Bharuca; Anna Teresa de Keersmaeker; Hanns Eisler; Karen Finley; Fluxus; Martha Graham; Guillermo Gómez-Peña; Philip Glass; Matthew Goulish; Wassily Kandinsky; Meredith Monk; Lloyd Newson; Hans-Thies Lehmann; Carolee Schneemann; Gertrude Stein; Bill Viola
Each extract is fully supplemented by a contextual summary, a biography of the writer, and suggestions for further reading. The volume’s alphabetical structure invites the reader to compare and cross-reference major writings on all types of performance outside of the constraints and simplifications of genre, encouraging cross-disciplinary understandings.
All who engage with live, innovative performance, and the interplay of radical ideas, will find this collection invaluable.
Noel Witts is a Research Fellow at the University of the Arts London, and Visiting Professor at Leeds Metropolitan Univeristy. He is an expert on contemporary European performance, having researched and lectured in Poland, the former GDR, Yugoslavia, Romania, Russia, and Bulgaria. He was the founder/director of the performing arts department at De Montfort University, Leicester in the 70s and 80s.
Teresa Brayshaw is Principal Lecturer for Performing Arts at Leeds Metropolitan University.