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Title Radical street performance : an international anthology / edited and with introductions by Jan Cohen-Cruz
Published London ; New York : Routledge, 1998


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Description xxii, 302 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents General Introduction / Jan Cohen-Cruz -- 1. Theater-in-the-Street and Theater-in-Theaters / Peter Handke -- 2. Documents edited with Irina Bibikova and Catherine Cooke from Introduction to Street Art of the Revolution / Vladimir Tolstoy -- 3. from Red Theater / Edgar Snow -- 4. from the Right to Perform / Safdar Hashmi -- 5. from Feminist Media Strategies for Political Performance / Suzanne Lacy and Leslie Labowitz -- 6. Aids Crusaders Aci up a Storm / Alisa Solomon -- 7. Marked with Red Ink / Dubravka Knezevic -- 8. Witness: The Guerrilla Theater of Greenpeace / Steven Durland -- 9. Making a Spectacle: The Mothers of the Plaza De Mayo / Diana Taylor -- 10. from Border Boda / Marguerite Waller -- 11. Ai Cross-Purposes: The Church Ladies for Choice / Jan Cohen-Cruz -- 12. Theater in East Harlem: The Outdoor Audience Gets Into the Act / Dan Sullivan -- 13. Staging Street, Streeting Stage: Suman Chatterjee and the New Bengali Song / Sudipto Chatterjee -- 14. from On the Line, A Memoir / Hollis Giammatteo -- 15. Invisible Theater / Augusto Boal -- 16. from Xenophobia and the Indexical Present II: Lecture / Adrian Piper -- 17. from Queer Nationality / Lauren Berlant and Elizabeth Freeman -- 18. from The Dimension of Social Exteriority in the Production of Art / Nelly Richard -- 19. Living on the Street: Conversations with Judith Malina and Hanon Reznikhov, Co-Directors of the Living Theatre / Cindy Rosenthal -- 20. from Taking Direct Action / Alice Cook and Gwyn Kirk -- 21. from Triumph Des Willens (Triumph of the Will, 1935) / David Welch -- 22. Notes on Political Street Theater, Paris: 1968, 1969 / Jean-Jacques Lebel -- 23. from Letter from the South of Italy / Eugenio Barba -- 24. America has More Television Sets than Toilets / Abbie Hoffman -- 25. from The Street is the Stage / Richard Schechner -- 26. from The Celebratory Performance of John Fox and Welfare State International / Baz Kershaw -- 27. Health Theatre in a Hmong Refugee Camp: Performance, Communication and Culture / Dwight Conquergood -- 28. Communal Space and Performance in Africa / L. Dale Byam -- 29. from The Language of African Theatre / Ngugi wa Thiong'o -- 30. from El Teatro Campesino and the Mexican Popular Performance Tradition / Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez -- 31. The Taumbayan as Epic Hero, the Audience as Community / Joi Barrios -- 32. A Queer Circus: Amok in New York / Mark Sussman -- 33. Louder than Traffic: Bread and Puppet Parades / John Bell -- 34. Notes Toward an Unwritten History of Anti-Apartheid Street Performance / Jan Cohen-Cruz
Summary Street performance has long been a staple of radical and visionary political movements. Typically, theater transports an audience to a reality apart from the everyday. Radical street performance strives to transport everyday reality to something more ideal. Because the spectators are not necessarily predisposed to theater-going, it takes place in public spaces and is usually free of charge. Potentially, street performance creates a bridge between imagined and real actions, often facilitated by staging the event at the very sites of power the performers seek to transform. Radical Street Performance is the first volume to collect the fascinating array of writings by activists, directors, performers, critics, scholars and journalists who have documented political performance in streets around the world. These essays look at performance in Europe, Africa, China, India and both of the Americas, and describe engagements with issues as diverse as abortion, colonialism, the environment and homophobia, to name only a sampling. Including coverage of the highly performative political activities of organizations such as ACT-UP and Greenpeace, the public spectacle of Abbie Hoffman's political radicalism, and the writings of Tolstoy, this is truly a new kind of primer for the study of politics and performance. Radical Street Performance is an inspirational testimony to this international performance tradition, and a valuable record of a form of theater that continues to flourish in an increasingly apolitical and televisual age [Publisher description]
Analysis Performance
Street theatre
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Demonstrations.
Street theater.
Theater -- Political aspects.
Workers' theater.
Author Cohen-Cruz, Jan, 1950-
LC no. 97038986
ISBN 0415152305 (alk. paper)
0415152313 (paperback: alk. paper)