21.3 On Dialectics


Issue editors: Eleanor Massie and Philip Watkinson

SKU: ISSN: 1352-8165 (2016) Category:


On Dialectics provides a platform for articles, performative essays and artist’s pages that focus on the interrelations between dialectics and performance, and a space to reflect on how dialectical methods have been or can be applied in theatre and performance theory and practice. This issue asks how a theory of flux, contradiction and becoming might be particularly vital to the study of the contemporary performance industry in an era of increased global socio-economic instability. When thinking of alternatives to neoliberalism in the sphere of cultural production, why might scholars and practitioners recuperate a praxis that places fracture and antagonism at its very heart? How might the playful and dialogic engagement that dialectics promotes speak to the creation, process and experience of contemporary cultural activity? Is performance inherently dialectical, or dialectics inherently performative?

On Dialectics
Eleanor Massie, Philip Watkinson

Dialectics and the Brechtian Tradition : Some thoughts on politicized performance
David Barnett

Brecht’s Gale : Innovation and postdramatic theatre
Michael Shane Boyle

A Trialectical Cusp: Between the Real and the Represented : At the Bus Stop in SPID Theatre Company’s 23176
Katie Beswick

Materiality as Performance : Blurring the boundaries between the real and the imagined
Cecilie Sachs Olsen

Constructing Dialectical Images in Sound and Space : Adapting Walter Benjamin’s The Arcades Project
Campbell Edinborough

A Note on Spatial Dialectics
Michal Kobialka

Heterotopia as Choreography : Foucault’s sailing vessel
Arabella Stanger

On the Dialectics of Charisma in Marina Abramović’s The Artist is Present
Adele Senior, Simon Kelly

Violence in Martial Arts Actor Training : A dialectical view
Eve Wedderburn

Subvert/Reinscribe : Reading self-consciously employed stereotypes through performativity
Kee-Yoon Nahm

Soil : Crisis, the cultural commons and performing South-east Asia in America
Michael Sakamoto

The Schizoid Dialectic : Theses on winning the Union back
Gary Anderson, John Bennett, Steven Shakespeare

Weird Seance Extras (Revisited) – artist’s pages
Daniel Oliver

Resisting Dispossession: Affective Alliances Labouring for Justice (review)
Kristin Flade

Debating the Future of the Left, or Why We Should Perform the Arts as Tactics and Not as Instrumental Logic (review)
Marilena Zaroulia

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