[Review of] Michael Huxley and Noel Witts, ed., "The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader", 2nd ed (London: Routledge, 2002)

Makeham, Paul B. (2004) [Review of] Michael Huxley and Noel Witts, ed., "The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader", 2nd ed (London: Routledge, 2002). Australasian Drama Studies, pp. 189-192.

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Routledge describe the second edition of this book as "the key introductory text to all types of performance". While this is a big claim, The Twentieth-Century Performance Reader is certainly an absorbing, wide-ranging collection, especially useful for students, comprising fifty readings by leading directors, performers, writers and theorists. Most of the key figures of twentieth-century Western performance are represented: Artaud, Barba, Beckett, Brecht, Brook, Grotowski, Meyerhold and Stanislavski, as well as more recent practitioners such as Foreman, Lepage and Wilson, and major theorists including Benjamin, Carlson and Schechner. Alert to the multi-disciplinary character and complexity of performance, the editors seek to unsettle neat disciplinary boxes. In surveying a century of work and ideas often expressed as manifestos, their own manifesto is "away with categorisation".

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ID Code: 7892
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author: p.makeham@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: theatre and performance, performance manifestos, twentieth, century performance
ISSN: 0810-4123
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright (2004) Paul Makeham
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 12:41

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