Urban studies has long understood the city as a 'text'. What would it mean now to use performance to rethink that metaphor? This book queries the role theatre and performance play in urban policy, architecture, and civic history, while also exploring their important place in the memories created in the wake of urban trauma.
This book explores the roles theatre and performance play in shaping civic spaces. Performance and the city is an area of increasing interest and study. This book presents a valuable new approach to understanding the city through the arts. It is genuinely interdisciplinary (relevant to performance studies, queer theory, architecture and cultural geography amongst other areas). The contributors include well-respected names in theatre such as Barbara Hodgdon, Joanne Tompkins and Ric Knowles. It also includes 39 photographs/illustrations.Urban studies has long understood the city as a 'text'. What would it mean now to use performance to rethink that metaphor? "Performance and the City" queries the role theatre and performance play in urban policy, architecture, and civic history, while also exploring their important place in the memories created in the wake of urban trauma.
Contents; List of Illustrations; Acknowledgements; Notes on Contributors; Introduction: City/Text/Performance; K.Solga with D.J.Hopkins PART I: PEDESTRIANISMS, OR REMEMBERING THE CITY; Pedestrianisms or Remembering the City: Introduction; D.J.Hopkins; Ways to Walk New York After 9/11; M.Carlson; Memory / Memorial / Performance: Lower Manhattan, 1776 / 2001; D.J.Hopkins Patricide and the Passerby; R.Schneider; PART II: URBAN PERFORMANCE AND CULTURAL POLICY; Urban Performance and Cultural Policy: Introduction; K.Solga; Multicultural Text, Intercultural Performance: The Performance Ecology of Contemporary Toronto; R.Knowles; Mission Accomplished: Broadway, 9/11, and the Republican National Convention; R.A.Rugg; Performing the Civic Transnational: Cultural Production, Governance, and Citizenship in Contemporary London; M.McKinnie; PART III: PERFORMING (FOR) ONE ANOTHER: CONSTRUCTING COMMUNITIES; Performing (for) One Another: Introduction; S.Orr; Surviving the City: Press Agents, Publicity Stunts, and the Spectacle of the Urban Female Body; M.Schweitzer; Dress Suits to Hire and the Landscape of Queer Urbanity; K.Solga; Global Exposures: Blur Street and Interurban Self-Portraiture (a photo essay); Curated by K.Irwin, R.Viader Knowles PART IV: AT THE CITY LIMITS; At the City Limits: Introduction; K.Solga; Staging the Imagined City in Australian Theatre; J.Tompkins; Agency and Complicity in 'A Special Civic Room': London's Tate Modern Turbine Hall; J.Harvie; Staging a Vanished Community: Daniel Libeskind's Scenography in the Berlin Jewish Museum; K.van den Berg; 13 Can the City Speak? Site-Specific Art After Poststructuralism; L.Levin; Afterword; B.Hodgdon; Index.