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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Performing Proximity

Curious Intimacies

ISBN 9781137328281
Publication Date July 2014
Formats Paperback Hardcover 
Publisher Palgrave

How does proximity between audiences and performers change the nature of live performance? How does it feel? How long can it last? How close is too close?

Exploring the rise of close encounter, immersive productions that shine a light on performer-audience relationships, this book considers the impact of space and proximity in live performance.

Drawing on their experience as internationally acclaimed performance artists, Leslie Hill and Helen Paris richly document their creative processes, performances and audience's responses in a series of illuminating case studies. Relating their practice to wider issues in contemporary performance and detailing workshop exercises that aid performance making, this unique fusion of artistic and academic reflection is crucial reading for students, scholars and practitioners alike.

Leslie Hill and Helen Paris are Associate Professors of Performance Making at Stanford University, USA. They are the editors of Performance and Place and artistic directors of Curious theatre company. Based at Artsadmin in London, Curious has produced over 40 projects which have been presented by numerous international organizations and festivals including PS122 New York, the Sydney Opera House, Tanzquartier Vienna, Le Couvent des Recollets Paris, Guling Street Avant-Garde Theater Taipei, the Ke Center Shanghai, the National Review of Live Art Glasgow, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the British Council Showcase at the Edinburgh Festival, and the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. www.placelessness.com

List of Images
1. Introduction
2. Interior: On the Scent
3. Interior: the moment I saw you I knew I could love you
4. Landscape: Out of Water
5. Landscape: Lost and Found
6. In the Lab and Incognito: Research in Profile
7. In the Studio: a Case Study in Performance Making Methods
8. In Situ: Extended Conversations
9. Before You Go


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