Publication Year: 2011
Published by: The University of Alabama Press
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Enacting History is a collection of new essays by scholars in theater and performance studies tracing the ways recent performance practices have been used to select, devise, and perform narratives of the past to their participants and audiences. Such practices include living history museums, battle reenactments, pageantry,...
Present Enacting Past: The Functions of Battle Reenacting in Historical Representation
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battle reenactments function as enactments of history, and their particular modes of representation address questions of authenticity, performance, and meaning. Popular since their initial inception in the 1960s, battle reenactments today boast hundreds of thousands of participants who portray soldiers from wars ranging...
“This Is the Place”: Performance and the Production of Space in Mormon Cultural Memory
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fundamental to both the origin myth and the continuing identity of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter- day Saints (lDS or Mormon) is the conception of early church members as migratory and largely without national affiliation. from its inception, the church was heavily involved in missionary efforts in Europe and...
Men with Their Muskets and Me in My Bare Feet: Performing History and Policing Gender at Historic Fort Snelling Living History Museum
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beginning in the late 1990s, a mini- genre of satiric commentary on managementlabor relationships at living history museums emerged on the literary stage with the pub lication of Julian barnes’s novel England, England; George Saunders’s lead story in his acclaimed short story collection, Pastoralia; and, most famously,...
History, Archive, Memory, and Performance: The Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Play as Cultural Commemoration
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The Lewis and Clark voyage of Discovery was a defining moment for the fledgling United States. Two hundred years later, from 2004 through 2006, the bicentennial was marked by commemorative acts that included speeches, scholarly papers, articles, a multitude of commercial enterprises, and the creation of hundreds...
Defining Museum Theater at Conner Prairie
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in november of 2006 i was offered a unique opportunity. Dan freas, the director of the Museum Experience Division at Conner Prairie, called me into his office and asked if I was interested in taking the position of museum theater specialist.1 in the past, the term museum theater at Conner Prairie had meant...
Performing History as Memorialization: Thinking with . . . And Jesus Moonwalks the Mississippi and Brown University’s Slavery and Justice Committee
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Even for those blacks who did make it, questions of race, and racism, continue to define their worldview in fundamental ways. for the men and women of Reverend Wright’s generation, the memories of humiliation and doubt and fear have not gone away; nor has the anger and the bitterness of those years....
Is That Real? An Exploration of What Is Real in a Performance Based on History
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When spectators who have just seen a historical performance say, “it was so real!” what do they mean? Do they mean that the performance appeared to be a restoration, an honest down- to- each- detail recreation of history? is their interpretation of what is real grounded literally? i propose that what the spectator means...
Dinner: Impossible—“Medieval Mayhem” at the Maryland Renaissance festival
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Good afternoon, Reader. your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to visualize a world lit only by fire, a time and place in which there are no televisions, no computers, no cell phones. in fact, imagine there is no electricity at all. Envision spending days, weeks, and even years attempting to recreate a time and place removed...
Tourist Performance in the Twenty-first Century
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I slowly picked my way across the narrow stone walkway, perhaps twelve inches across at its widest, and tried to gauge the uneven footing ahead by the light of the moon. To my left was a steep plunge, the stone wall dropping far down to the bushes and mud of the river valley below. To my right, at arm’s length, was a rock...
Ping Chong & Company’s Undesirable Elements/Secret Histories in Oxford, Mississippi
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Thus begins “Secret Histories: Oxford,” an iteration of the Undesirable Elements
series developed by Ping Chong & Company. This production was written and
directed by company member Leyla Modirzadeh.
World- renowned theater director, choreographer, and video and installation...
List of Contributors
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Publication Year: 2011