Performance in Place of War

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  • Copyright: 2009-05-12
  • Publisher: Seagull Books
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From the Greeks and Shakespeare to the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, war has often been a major theme of dramatic performances. However, many of the most extraordinary theater projects in recent years not only have been about war but also have originated in actual conflict zones themselves.Performance in Place of Waris concerned with these initiatives, including theater in refugee camps, in war-ravaged villages, in towns under curfew, and in cities under occupation. It looks at theater and performances that often occur quite literally as bombs are falling, as well as during times of ceasefire and in the aftermath of hostilities. Performance in Place of Wardraws on extensive original material and includes interviews with artists, short play extracts, and photographs from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, Israel, Lebanon, Sudan, and others. The authors combine critical commentary, overviews of the conflicts and first-hand accounts in order to consider such questions as: Why in times of disruption have people turned to performance? And what aesthetic, ethical, and political choices are made in these different contexts?Performance in Place of Waris a fascinating perspective on the role of theater in unpredictable, war-torn times.

Author Biography

James Thompson is professor of applied and social theater at the University of Manchester and director of the Centre for Applied Theater Research. He is the author of Digging Up Stories, among other books. Jenny Hughes is a lecturer in Applied Theater at the University of Manchester and director of the Centre for Applied Theater Research. Michael Balfour is professor of applied theater at Griffith University in Australia. His books include Theater and War: Performance in Extremis 1933–1945 and The Use of Drama in the Rehabilitation of Violent Male Offenders.

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