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Theatre Ecology
Environments and Performance Events

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  • Date Published: October 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521120746

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  • This book asks what are the challenges to theatre and the purposes of performance in an ecologically threatened world? Is there a future for theatre as an ethically and politically alert art through environmental action? How might ecological understandings refigure the natural virtues of theatre and performance? Theatre Ecology gets to grips with such questions by investigating an eclectic cosmopolitan sample of environments and performance events, in theatres and beyond. It proposes that performance is a peculiarly twenty-first century addiction at the root global warming. Encountering this prospect head-on, it searches for pathological hope in historical theatre at the end of its tether and rumbles the contemporary paradigm of performance for signs of eco-sanity. Recognising the future is always before its time, Theatre Ecology is a paradoxical tract for survival past the final ecological era.

    • Accessibly written, relating sometimes complex ideas and theories to specific examples of performance and theatre in action
    • Organised into three main sections, dealing with the past, present and future of performance and theatre ecology
    • Proposes methods for investigating theatre and performance as ecologies
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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521120746
    • length: 372 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Prologue. A kind of storm:
    1. An introduction to theatre and performance ecology
    Part I. In the Present: Qualities of Theatre and Performance: Preamble
    2. Performance contexts: theatre at the end of its tether
    3. Performance archives: catching the Northern sublime
    4. Performance limits: steps to a paradoxology
    Part II. Of the Past: Histories of Theatre and Performance: Preamble
    5. Economies of performance: theatre against democracy
    6. Audiences of performance: declining participation
    7. Spectacles of performance: excesses of power
    Part III. For the Future: Ecologies of Theatre and Performance: Preamble
    8. Performance and black holes: on eco-activism
    9. Performance and energy: on free radicals
    10. Performance and biospheres: on hermetic theatre
    Epilogue: listen up for the cracks
    Appendix. A chronology of chapter sources
    Bibliography, multimedia, websites

  • Author

    Baz Kershaw, University of Warwick

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