18.1 On Fire



Issue editors: Richard Gough

SKU: 1352-8165 (2013) 18:1 Category:


From the grand spectacle of fire to the radiant incandescence of an actor’s energy, from the choreography of fireworks to the wild torchlight processions and rituals of burning effigies, from the conflagration of theatres (recurrent throughout history) to the ‘victim burnt at the stake, signalling through the flames’. This issue wishes to explore the elemental, creative and destructive force of fire (its assignations and allegiances, dalliances and collusion) with performance – at once transformative, celebratory, purifying, cathartic, and catastrophic.


Richard Gough
pp. 1 – 8
Burning Bodies: Transformation and fire
Richard Gough
pp. 9 – 23
That Which Burns : A meditation on fire, allegory and competitive telekinesis
Ted Hiebert
pp. 24 – 31
In Praise of Fire
Eugenio Barba
pp. 32 – 35
The Arabian Phoenix Goes to the Theatre
Nicola Savarese
pp. 36 – 55
‘Belle Horreur’ : Hubert Robert’s scenic space and the Paris Opéra fire of 1781
Pannill Camp
pp. 56 – 63
Kate Claxton, Fire Jinx : The aftermath of the Brooklyn Theatre fire
J. K. Curry
pp. 64 – 69
Thirteen fragments of life and death : Gandhian economics and a hoop of fire
Abhay Ghiara
pp. 70 – 76
Badiou’s Spectator-Subject and Fireworks Politics
Fred Dalmasso
pp. 77 – 83
Horse-breaking and Walking on Fire a Performance Document
Daviel Shy
pp. 84 – 85
Playing with (The Erotics of) Fire in Circus Performance : The Circus of Horrors
Zoe Barltrop
pp. 86 – 94
‘The Anarchy of the Theatrical Moment’ : A profile of The Pyromantiker
Bronwyn Tweddle
pp. 95 – 103
Rudy Lemcke
pp. 104 – 104
Proving Grounds : Live fire, starfish and incendiaries
Greer Crawley
pp. 105 – 112
Phoenix Rising : The culture of fire at the Burning Man Festival
Rachel Bowditch
pp. 113 – 122
Flying Sparks
Christel Weiler
pp. 123 – 126
Visual Impulse : Contemplating voices on fire
Zekiye Sarikartal, Nilüfer Ovalıoğlu
pp. 127 – 135
Fire and the development from unmanifest to manifest creation
Daniel Meyer-Dinkgräfe
pp. 136 – 138
Outsider Theatre : A journey through Back to Back’s Hell House
Theron Schmidt
pp. 139 – 148
Volatile Materials in Image Making : The appeal of fire and explosives in the 20th and 21st century, using the work of Stephen Cripps as a point of articulation
pp. 149 – 157
Review: ‘Playing Indian’: Art, aboriginality, and the politics of identification
Claudette Lauzon
pp. 158 – 161
Review: Seeing Differently: A history and theory of identification and the visual arts
Sarah Gorman
pp. 162 – 164
Notes on Contributors
pp. 165 – 166

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