21.5 On Trans/Performance



Issue editor: Amelia Jones

SKU: 1352-8165 (2016) 21:5 Category:


In the special issue On Trans/Performance authors address a range of intersections between trans- (implying exceeding, moving towards, changing; going across, over or beyond) and the performative (saying as doing, or that which performs something while articulating it).  The trans- implies movement and fluidity while the performative implies action and opens up questions of agency; together, they point to innovative ways of thinking about topical questions such as how we live and take action, how we identify ourselves and others, how we write history, and how we approach local versus global tensions and intersections. In this issue articles and thought pieces, as well as artists’ projects attending to the interrelation between trans- concepts and performativity, allow for the emergence of new insights regarding how performance theory works across fields such as language (translation), history (transformation or change), gender/sexuality (transgender and transsexuality or transidentification), and culture (transnational).

Introduction: Trans-ing performance

An Object that Belongs to No One: Theorizing performativity in relation to trans-
Tawny Andersen

Kélina Gotman

Reperformance and Transhistoricity : The Danse[s] dans la neige by Françoise Sullivan and by Luis Jacob
Anne Bénichou

After Performance : On transauthorship
After Performance Working Group

Transgenealogies of Portuguese Performance Art
Cláudia Madeira

Transnational Tongan Life
Teena Brown, Richard Pamatatau


Trans-embodiment : Embodied practice in puppet and material performance
Alissa Mello

The Human and the Chatterbot : Tracing the potential of transdimensional performance
Eleni Timplalexi

Stefania Mylona

Going Ape : Simian feminism and transspecies drag
Joshua Williams

Transmaterial Becoming
Klaus Spiess, Lucie Strecker

Welsh and Khasi Cultural Dialogues : Transactions and translations
Lisa Lewis, Aparna SharmaA Dictionary in the Archives : Translating and transcribing silenced histories in French and Wendat
VK Preston

Decolonizing Immersion : Translation, spectatorship, rasa theory and contemporary British dance
Royona Mitra

No pressure, but find me a bed out there
Tara Fatehi Irani

The Transtemporality of Online Performance
Christopher Engdahl

TRANS TIME : Time for trans visibility in contemporary art
Marie-Claude G. Olivier, Audrey Laurin

Protocol and Performativity : Queer selfies and the coding of online identity
Mikhel Proulx

Bleed through : an artist project insert
Sean Griffin, Susan Silton, Juliana Snapper


Myths of Stillness
Johnny Forever Nawracaj

Transactivism, the Translocal, Art and Performance
Mark W. Rectanus

Trans-Spectator : The spectator’s bodily participation in Via Negativa’s performance Bi ne bi
Tomaž Krpič

Tightrope, Translation and Transformation
Stephen Lawson, Aaron Pollard

When Trans Walks into Action, Mission and Formation
Victoria Stanton, Sylvie Tourangeau, Evelyne Bouchard, Nicole Panneton, Nicole Panneton, Diane Dubeau, Julie Laurin

Transgressing the Transmission of Performance in La Zona Centro, Mexicali
Dino Dinco

The Politics of Plants : A botanical exploration of urban transformation
Noémie Despland-Lichtert

Performing Environments : Site-specificity in medieval and early modern English drama (review)
Roberta BarkerShowroom : A decade of rapid urban development in Toronto (review)
Teresa Carlesimo

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