The Drama Review

TDR: The Drama Review
Volume 46, Number 4 (T176), Winter 2002


Contents

Articles

    Chalmers, Jessica.
  • TDR Comment: I Would Have Liked to Give a Paper at this Conference
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    Subject Headings:
    • Poetry.
    Weiss, Allen S., 1953-
  • In Memory: Carmelo Bene 1937-2002
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    Subject Headings:
    • Bene, Carmelo.
    Davis, Tracy C., 1960-
  • Between History and Event: Rehearsing Nuclear War Survival
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    Subject Headings:
    • Civil defense -- History.
    • Nuclear warfare.
    Abstract:
      Performance historian Davis opens a window onto the civil defense movement that was a mainstay of Western governments from 1949 until the collapse of the Eastern Bloc from 1989 to 1991. Civil defense activities included playing out many "as if" scenarios wherein a "time out of time" reality was created, something that NATO members referred to as the "scope of play" (portée du jeu) and the "play of decisions" (jou des décisions). These activities, Davis argues, are inherently performative. But are they history?
    Burt, Ramsay, 1953-
  • Steve Paxton's Goldberg Variations and the Angel of History
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    Subject Headings:
    • Paxton, Steve. Goldberg variations [performance]
    • Dance.
    Abstract:
      Using Paxton's Goldberg Variations--an improvised dance performed between 1986 and 1992 to pianist Glenn Gould's celebrated recordings of Bach's music--Burt investigates the problems of live performances long since passed into memory and videotape. Burt's intention is to help imagine another way of writing about performance that acknowledges the value of all those qualities within dance performances that cannot be fixed and are gradually destroyed through rehearsal; yet, paradoxically, without these very qualities, performance could not exist.
    Hamera, Judith.
  • An Answerability of Memory: "Saving" Khmer Classical Dance
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    Subject Headings:
    • Dance -- Cambodia.
    • Genocide -- Cambodia -- History -- 1975-1979.
    Abstract:
      In the aftermath of the genocide wrought in the 1970s by the Khmer Rouge, some Cambodians told themselves that dance was the reason for their survival. Hamera investigates the fraught relations between history, trauma, and truth. At stake is the survival of a family--and of a culture.
    Stanton, William.
  • Apocalipse 1,11 in São Paulo: Aesthetic Vertigo or Exploitation?
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    Subject Headings:
    • Teatro da Vertigem. Apocalipse 1,11 [performance]
    • Theater -- Brazil -- São Paulo.
    Abstract:
      Performed in an abandoned prison, Apocalipse 1,11 re-enacts a 1992 massacre at Sao Paulo's Carandiru prison where 111 prisoners were shot by the military police. But the inclusion of a live sex show and gratuitous violence raises questions. Apocalipse 1,11 sought to use theatrical coups to politicize its audience. But for Stanton it failed to get beyond its own gleefully explicit transgressions and develop a coherent critical narrative of the state of Brazil that could empower its audience.
    Carreira, André Luiz Antunes Netto.
  • Risk As a Material Path to Explore Theatricality and Brazilian Contradictions: A Reply to William Stanton
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    Subject Headings:
    • Stanton, William. Apocalipse 1,11 in São Paulo: aesthetic vertigo or exploitation?
    • Teatro da Vertigem. Apocalipse 1,11 [performance]
    • Theater -- Brazil -- São Paulo.
    Calzadilla, Fernando.
  • Performing the Political: Encapuchados in Venezuela
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    Subject Headings:
    • Student movements -- Venezuela -- Caracas.
    • Political violence -- Venezuela -- Caracas.
    • Venezuela -- Politics and government -- 20th century.
    Abstract:
      Each week like clockwork, Encapuchados--"hooded ones"--appear on the streets of Caracas to protest. Protest what? To what effect? Calzadilla examines the Encapuchados phenomenon in terms of Venezuelan gendered notions of virility, the performance of political identity and spectatorship, and finally, an embodiment of an imagined political community.
    Mason, Susan Vaneta, 1946-
  • The Golden Arches and the Ivory Tower: Creating an Acto on the Corporate University
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    Subject Headings:
    • Mason, Susan Vaneta, 1946- Education, Inc. or how I learned to stop thinking and love measurement-driven instruction.
    • Theater -- Political aspects -- California.
    • California State University.
    Abstract:
      Between 16 and 25 October 2001, the faculty union of the California State Universities held teach-ins on all the CSU campuses. To support this effort, Mason and her colleagues created Education Inc., or How I Learned to Stop Thinking and Love Measurement-Driven Instruction. Research for the play taught them that all levels of U.S. public education are struggling with the destructive effects corporate thinking is having on education.
    Barba, Eugenio.
    Barba, Judy, tr.
  • A Chosen Diaspora in the Guts of the Monster
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    Subject Headings:
    • Theater.
    Abstract:
      A master practitioner-theorist, looking back at a lifetime of work, asks the question, "What is theatre?" He answers, "It is a particular way of moving"--an ethos, a behavior that reveals the incorporated knowledge of a craft, and at the same time, something we call values, our life's compass.
    Gray, Spalding, 1941-
    Schechner, Richard, 1934-
  • My Art in Life: Interviewing Spalding Gray
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gray, Spalding, 1941- -- Interviews.
    • Gray, Spalding, 1941- -- Career in theater.
    Abstract:
      The monologist narrates the story of his life --or one version of it --in an encounter with his longtime friend and former director, Richard Schechner.

Books

    Amkpa, Awam.
  • World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Africa (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rubin, Don, ed. World encyclopedia of contemporary theatre: Africa.
    • Drama -- 20th century -- Dictionaries.
    Bose, Neilesh.
  • The Athenian Sun in an African Sky (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Wetmore, Kevin J., 1969- Athenian sun in an African sky.
    • African drama (English) -- History and criticism.
    Scolieri, Paul.
  • Waltzing in the Dark: African American Vaudeville and Race Politics in the Swing Era, and: Converging Movements: Modern Dance and Jewish Culture at the 92nd Street Y (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Gottschild, Brenda Dixon. Waltzing in the dark: African American vaudeville and race politics in the swing era.
    • Jackson, Naomi M. Converging movements: modern dance and Jewish culture at the 92nd Street Y.
    • Webb, Margot, 1910-
    • Modern dance -- Social aspects -- New York (State) -- New York.
    Mills, Chris.
  • A Woman Who...: Essays, Interviews, Scripts, and: Of All the Nerve, Deb Margolin: Solo, and: Robert Lepage: Connecting Flights (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Rainer, Yvonne, 1934- Woman who...: essays, interviews, scripts.
    • Margolin, Deb. Of all the nerve, Deb Margolin: solo.
    • Hart, Lynda, 1953-, ed.
    • Lepage, Robert. Robert Lepage: connecting flights.
    • Charest, Rémy, 1969-
    • Taylor, Wanda Romer, tr.
    • Experimental films.
    • Performance art -- United States.
    Thompson, M. J.
  • Daughters of Eve: A Cultural History of French Theatre Women from the Old Regime to the Fin-de-Siècle (review)
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    Subject Headings:
    • Berlanstein, Lenard R. Daughters of Eve: a cultural history of French theatre women from the Old Regime to the fin-de-siècle.
    • Women in the theater -- France -- History -- 19th century.



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