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Performance Studies: An Introduction by Richard Schechner - A Review

Performance studies is a field that explores the wide range of human performance, from theatre, dance, and music to ritual, play, and everyday life. It also examines the cultural, historical, and political contexts of performance across different regions and times. Performance studies is an interdisciplinary field that draws from the social sciences, humanities, arts, and sciences.

One of the pioneers of performance studies is Richard Schechner, a professor of performance studies at New York University and the editor of The Drama Review. Schechner has written several books on performance theory and practice, including Performance Theory (1988), Between Theater and Anthropology (1985), and The Future of Ritual (1993). His most influential and widely used book is Performance Studies: An Introduction (2002), which is now in its third edition.

Performance Studies: An Introduction is a comprehensive and accessible textbook that provides an overview of the key concepts, methods, theories, and questions of performance studies. It covers topics such as performance processes, ritual, play, performativity, social roles, intercultural performance, and global spectacles. It also includes extracts from primary sources, biographies of influential performers and scholars, student activities, images of global performance, and a companion website with additional resources.

The book is designed for undergraduate and graduate students in performance studies, theatre, performing arts, and cultural studies. It is also useful for anyone who is interested in learning more about the diverse and dynamic field of performance studies. Performance Studies: An Introduction is a book that will inspire you to think critically and creatively about how humans perform in various contexts and situations.

Performance studies is not only a descriptive field, but also a critical and creative one. It challenges the conventional boundaries between theory and practice, art and politics, text and context, and self and other. It also encourages experimentation, collaboration, and intervention in various domains of performance. Performance studies scholars and practitioners often engage with social issues, such as race, gender, sexuality, class, ethnicity, religion, human rights, and environmental justice.

Performance studies is also a global and intercultural field that explores the interactions and exchanges between different performance traditions and cultures. It examines how performance can be a site of dialogue, conflict, resistance, and transformation in a world of increasing diversity and complexity. Performance studies also recognizes the importance of indigenous, diasporic, and marginalized forms of performance that challenge the dominant paradigms of Western culture.

Some examples of performance studies projects are: analyzing how social media platforms shape the performances of identity and community; creating a documentary theatre piece based on interviews with refugees; studying how rituals of mourning and commemoration respond to trauma and violence; devising a performance art installation that critiques consumerism and waste; exploring how dance can express emotions and narratives that words cannot; investigating how sports events construct national identities and ideologies; performing a literary text in a new way that reveals its hidden meanings and implications. ec8f644aee


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