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The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics / Edition 1

The Transformative Power of Performance: A New Aesthetics / Edition 1

by Erika Fischer-Lichte, Saskya Jain
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In this book, Erika Fischer-Lichte traces the emergence of performance as 'an art event' in its own right. In setting performance art on an equal footing with the traditional art object, she heralds a new aesthetics.

The peculiar mode of experience that a performance provokes - blurring distinctions between artist and audience, body and mind, art and life - is here framed as the breeding ground for a new way of understanding performing arts, and through them even wider social and cultural processes.

With an introduction by Marvin Carlson, this translation of the original Ästhetik des
Performativen addresses key issues in performance art, experimental theatre and cultural performances to lay the ground for a new appreciation of the artistic event.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415458566
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/03/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 87,153
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Erika Fischer-Lichte is Professor of Theatre Studies at the Freie Universitaet Berlin and Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies on the Interweaving of Theatre Cultures. She was President of the German Association for Theatre Studies (1991-1996) and of the International Federation for Theatre Research (1995-1999). Among her numerous publications are The Semiotics of Theatre (1992, in German 1983), The Show and the Gaze of Theatre (1997), History of European Drama and Theatre (2002, in German 1990), Theatre, Sacrifice, Ritual. Exploring Forms of Political Theatre (Routledge, 2005).

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments viii Introduction: Perspectives on performance: Germany and America Marvin Carlson 1
1 The transformative power of performance 11
2 Explaining concepts: performativity and performance 24
3 Shared bodies, shared spaces: the bodily co-presence of actors and spectators 38
4 The performative generation of materiality 75
5 The emergence of meaning 138
6 The performance as event 161
7 The reenchantment of the world 181 Notes 208 Bibliography 216 Index of works 224 Index of names 227 Subject index 230

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'Wonderfully erudite, clear and concise.'Maria Shevtsova, Goldmsiths College, Univerisity of London, UK

'A major reference work for debates on theatre theory, performance, and methodology. Written by one of the foremost representatives of the field of theatre studies.'Hans-Thies Lehmann, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt, Germany

‘Fisher-Lichte’s analysis is extremely thorough, and the volume contains a fantastic series of references and examples. Fisher-Lichte does not simply apply theories from other disciplines, but allows a theory to emerge from performance itself. For these reasons, despite its drawbacks, I would recommend this volume to any scholar of theatre currently hung up to hermeneutics.'Broderick D.V.Chow, Performance Ethos, Brunel University

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