Title

The situated performative: Considering the politics of the pause in performance

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Title

The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

School

Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts

RAS ID

40542

Comments

Taylor, A. (2019). The situated performative: Considering the politics of the pause in performance. In The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics (pp. 322-324). Routledge.

https://doi.org/10.4324/9780203731055

Abstract

This chapter explores the political potential of the ‘pause’ in performance through reflecting on the performance work Standing Bird, which premiered at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) in 2012. Drawing on Jill Dolan’s concept of the ‘utopian performative moment’, the chapter questions what it means to make truly political performance for spectators in the ‘globalising West’, and considers how a ‘situated performative’ – which engages the real alongside the imagined – can engender the political ‘re-’ by opening up different ways of responding to the world.

DOI

10.4324/9780203731055

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