Making solo performanceFocusing specifically on solo making and performing, this unique and exciting text allows the experts to speak for themselves. In interviews with Misri Dey, six recognised solo performers working across a range of performance genres – including theatre, dance, live and performance art, site-specific performance, music video and film – provide insightful and practical strategies for creative making and performing processes. Interviewees include Bryony Kimmings, Tim Etchells, Bobby Baker, Mike Pearson, Wendy Houstoun and Nigel Charnock.
Engaging and accessible, this is an invaluable resource for undergraduate and postgraduate students of Theatre, Performance and Acting, scholars, lecturers and performance practitioners. It will also appeal to undergraduate and postgraduate students of Women's Studies, Creative Writing and the Visual Arts. [editor summary]
The art of collectivity : social circus and the cultural politics of a post-neoliberal visionAmidst epidemics of youth alienation and cultural polarization, community-based artistic practices are sprouting up around the world as antidotes to policies of austerity and social exclusion. Rejecting the radical individualism of the neoliberal era, many artistic projects promote collectivity and togetherness in navigating challenges and constructing shared futures.
The Art of Collectivity is about how one such creative social program deployed this approach in service of a post-neoliberal vision. Focusing on a national social circus initiative launched by a newly elected Ecuadorean government to help actualize its “citizens' revolution,” the book explores the intersection between global cultural politics, participatory arts, collective health, and social transformation. The authors include scholars and practitioners of community arts, humanities, social sciences, and health sciences from the Global North and Global South. Sensitive to hierarchical binaries such as research/practice, north/south, and art/science, they work together to provide a multifaceted analysis of the way cultural politics shape policy, pedagogy, and aesthetic sensibilities, as well as their socio-cultural and health-related effects.
The largest study of social circus to date, combining detailed quantitative, qualitative, and arts-based research, The Art of Collectivity is a timely contribution to the study of cultural policies, critical pedagogies, collective art-making, and community development. [editor summary]
Continuing training for circus arts teachers : planning, facilitating and evaluating"This publication was born out of the FEDEC's desire to equip school directors and pedagogical directors with a tool enabling them to provide their teachers an offer of training and professional development in line with the evolutions of the profession of circus arts teacher in a professional circus school and adaptable to its local, national or international context.
The first part of this guide recalls the context and the reasons for its creation: it gives keys of understanding the stakes related to this guide and specify who the main recipients of this tool are. The second part defines the educational foundations of the INTENTS training sessions, which are real experiments of training environments. They are designed to serve as reference for the training courses to come. Finally, the third part introduces the proposals regarding the planning, the facilitating and evaluation of training schemes. These proposals deal with the two main categories of training set up ("intra" formations, within schools, on the one hand, and "inter" formations, bringing together teachers from different schools, on a regional, national or international level, on the other hand)." [editor summary]
Making spaces safer : a guide to giving harassment the boot wherever you work, play, and gatherShawna Potter, singer for the band War On Women, has tackled sexism and harassment in lyrics and on stage for years. Taking the battle to music venues themselves, she has trained night clubs and community spaces in how to create safer environments for marginalized people. Now she’s turned decades of experience into a clear and concise guide for public spaces of all sorts, from art galleries to bagel shops to concert halls, that want to shut down harassers wherever they show up. The steps she outlines are realistic, practical, and actionable. With the addition of personal stories, case studies, sample policies, and no-nonsense advice like “How to Flirt without Being a Creep,” she shows why safer spaces are important, while making it easier to achieve them. Eschewing theory, she assumes the reader is already an ethical creature and jumps right in with candor, punk passion, and righteous anger to get the job done! [editor summary]
Jeu, n°172 : Rire : Marie-Hélène Thibault, Didier Lucien, Christian Vanasse, Catherine Léger, Le Projet Bocal, Philippe-Audrey Larrue-St-JacquesLes moments d’euphorie et de franche rigolade, au théâtre, sont aussi importants et marquants que peuvent l’être les passages ardents qui nous tirent les larmes. Trop souvent dépréciée par rapport à un art plus sérieux, la comédie exige pourtant des techniques de jeu d’une grande précision, du rythme et de la surprise, mais aussi des mots et des situations qui peuvent susciter l’hilarité. Toutes sortes d’humour amènent des rires différents de la part du public. De l’art clownesque au théâtre de l’absurde, de la comédie classique au stand up comique, quelles sont les ficelles à tirer pour obtenir l’effet recherché ?
En ouverture de dossier, l’auteur, humoriste et chroniqueur Christian Vanasse réfléchit à l’incontournable question des limites de l’humour : peut-on rire de tout au théâtre ? Deux virtuoses de la drôlerie, Marie-Hélène Thibault et Didier Lucien (superbes modèles de la couverture de ce numéro), se prêtent au jeu du dialogue et partagent leurs réflexions sur leur pratique d’actrice et d’acteur particulièrement doués pour le jeu comique. Notre collaborateur Ralph Elawani décortique le rire en interrogeant théoricien∙nes et praticien∙nes, parmi lesquel∙les figurent Fabien Cloutier et Stéphane Crête. La dramaturge Catherine Léger, pour sa part, signe un plaidoyer en faveur de l’humour subversif et de l’usage controversé de la vulgarité. Le créateur du clown Omer Veilleux, Yves Dagenais, raconte l’histoire fascinante et sans frontière de l’art clownesque. Marie-Christine Lemieux-Couture évoque « le point Deschamps », ce moment où, dans une controverse en humour, on sort inévitablement l’exemple du plus célèbre de nos monologuistes. Quant au journaliste Mario Cloutier, il s’entretient avec les membres du Projet Bocal, Sonia Cordeau, Simon Lacroix et Raphaëlle Lalande, autour de la notion d’absurde. Puis, Philippe-Audrey Larrue-St-Jacques, rare diplômé en théâtre et en humour, évoque son passage heureux de l’un à l’autre. [résumé de l'éditeur]
Contemporary circusIn this volume, twenty-four creators come together with three scholars to discuss Contemporary Circus, bridging the divide between practice and theory.
Lavers, Leroux, and Burtt offer conversations across four key themes: Apparatus, Politics, Performers, and New Work. Extensively illustrated with fifty photos of Contemporary Circus productions, and extensively annotated, Contemporary Circus thematically groups and contextualises extracts of conversations to provide a sophisticated and wide-ranging study supported by critical theory.
Of interest to both practitioners and scholars, Contemporary Circus uses the lens of ‘contestation,’ or calling things into question, to provide a portal into ways of seeing today’s circus performance.
Conversations with: Lachlan Binns and Jascha Boyce (Gravity and Other Myths), Tilde Björfors (Cirkus Cirkör), Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers (Hot Brown Honey), Shana Carroll (The 7 Fingers), David Clarkson (Stalker), Philippe Decouflé (Compagnie DCA), Fez Faanana (Briefs), Mike Finch (Circus Oz), Daniele Finzi Pasca (Compagnia Finzi Pasca), Sean Gandini (Gandini Juggling), Firenza Guidi (ElanFrantoio, NoFit State Circus), Jo Lancaster and Simon Yates (Acrobat), Johann Le Guillerm (Cirque Ici), Yaron Lifschitz (Circa), Chelsea McGuffin (Company 2), Phia Ménard (Compagnie Non Nova), Jennifer Miller (Circus Amok), Adrien Mondot (Compagnie Adrien M and Claire B), Charlotte Mooney and Tina Koch (Ockham’s Razor), Philippe Petit (high wire artist), and Elizabeth Streb (STREB EXTREME ACTION). [editor summary]
The other within : the genius of deformity in myth, culture & psycheDaniel Deardorff knows otherness firsthand. This highly regarded “singer” in the old sense of that word—musician, storyteller, maker of ritual—had polio as an infant and has used a wheelchair most of his life, giving him a lived perspective that deeply informs his views on this subject. In The Other Within, Deardorff starts with a radical notion: to disclose the blessings of outsiderhood, the many gifts and insights contributed to culture by the marginalized and outcast. Unlike studies that stress the plight of the outsider, this one asserts that to be cast down and out of the consensus-worldview affords a difficult yet significant opportunity: to encounter oneself, not as defined by society but as one actually is. An eloquent spokesman for “the man or woman on the weird road,” Deardorff presents dozens of powerful examples from myth and literature to illustrate his message in a richly allusive, complex series of essays. Drawing on the work of mythologians, poets, psychologists, and scholars, The Other Within takes readers on an initiatory journey, uncovering the roots of human identity and imagination and offering insights–including “trickster wisdom”—revealing the mythic underpinnings of everyday life. [editor summary]
The art of feminism : images that shaped the fight for equality, 1857-2017Since its inception, the women's movement has harnessed the power of the image to transmit its message. From the posters of the Suffrage Atelier, to the photographs of Carrie Mae Weems, this comprehensive survey traces the ways in which feminists have shaped art and visual culture from the mid-nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. Featuring more than 350 works of art, illustration, photography, performance, graphic design, and publlic protest, this stunning volume showcases the vibrancy and daring of the feminist aesthetic over the last 150 years. [editor summary]