Performing Democracy International Perspectives on Urban Community-Based Performance

ISBN-10: 0472067605
ISBN-13: 9780472067602
Edition: 2001
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Description: Performing Democracy explores aspects of a developing form of performance that works to change social conditions for marginalized groups or to preserve the traditions and cohesion of the community. The book combines critical analysis with field  More...

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List price: $38.95
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 7/2/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 360
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

Performing Democracy explores aspects of a developing form of performance that works to change social conditions for marginalized groups or to preserve the traditions and cohesion of the community. The book combines critical analysis with field reports on specific projects and productions to explore the issues that confront community-based performance. The range of topics is impressive, and includes performances in North America, Australia, the Middle East, Bosnia, Taiwan, Korea, England, and the Netherlands. Many articles include production photos. The book's first section focuses on how performance can contribute to the definition, creation, and preservation of community. Next, contributors address issues of authority within the production of community-based performance. A final section considers community-based performance's efforts to encourage individuals to feel empowered in everyday life and in their relation to government. The range of performance genres covered includes community history plays, agitprop, forum theater workshops, puppetry, avant-garde plays, dance, and oral epics. The projects involve many different kinds of communities, including the inner city, youth, seniors, ethnic groups, activists, gays and lesbians, immigrants, and prison inmates. Susan Chandler Haedicke is Professor of English, George Washington University. Tobin Nellhaus is an independent scholar.

Susan Chandler Haedicke is Professor of English, George Washington University. Tobin Nellhaus is an independent scholar.

Introduction
Defining Communities
Approaching the "Structure of Feeling" in Grassroots Theater
The Art of Bridge Building in Mostar
The Children of Tomorrow: Seattle Public Theater's Work with Homeless Youth
Art Party Vision: The People's Public Space as Social Acupuncture
Coalitions of Resistance: Ground Zero's Community Mobilization
Is This Theater Queer? The Mickee Faust Club and the Performance of Community
Authority in the Community-Based Theater Process
Making a Scene: Representational Authority and a Community-Centered Process of Script Development
Finding the Edge: Multiple Community Goals
Jodrikdrik Nan Jodrikdrik Ilo Ejmour: A Performing Arts Tradition Is Born
Dramatic Union: Workers' Theater in the 1990s
Discovering Seminal Stories: Community Theater as Cultural Memory
I Sing of Cities: The Musical Documentary
Dreams of a City: The East Palo Alto Project
Speaking across Communities: The Liz Lerman Dance Exchange
Empowering the Audience
Generations as Communities: Elders Share the Arts and Bushwick, Why Vote?
FrogWorks in Los Angeles
Puppets Doing Time in the Age of AIDS
Theater for the Next Generation: The Living Stage Theatre Company's Program for Teen Mothers
Preserving a Culture through Community-Based Performances in Cairo
Eskesta in Israel
Contemporary Madang Kut of South Korea
Yuyachkani: Remembering Community
No Safety Gear: Skate Girl Space and the Regeneration of Australian Community-Based Performance
Index

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