PERFORMANCE RESEARCH
VOL.26 ISSUE 6
ON REPAIR



Edited by Peter Eckersall,
Helen Grehan
Published by Routledge
124 pages
ISSN 1352-8165
Softcover

Price: 95 lei



This issue of Performance Research explores the act of repair as it pertains to the broken systems, people and things that we see and experience, and that we break every day. ‘On Repair’ was made during the global Covid-19 pandemic and, as such, it explores the ways in which this pandemic has accelerated and made visible so many lifeforms and things that are on their last legs, patched over, stretched too thinly or just not given a fair go. Most things, it would appear, seem to be broken in fundamental ways and our institutions, knowledge systems, human relations and the overarching ecosphere are all in urgent need of repair. This issue considers how performance, creativity and the imagination work as a means of repair. Contributors explore what modes of performance dramaturgy and performance criticism are relevant now as ways to rehabilitate and repair the human.

The Japanese technique of kintsugi—repairing broken objects with filaments of precious metal—reflects close attention to detail, to the minutiae and to an act of repair that enhances the original. This practice is a hopeful one. It teaches us that the human and non-human worlds alike need mending and deep care. Ultimately, this issue explores the act of repair as an act of care. Our aim is to show how artists and thinkers can do this, especially now, when the need for repair is paramount.

CONTENTS:

Necessity or Choice: Demanding the right to repair
- PETER ECKERSALL AND HELENA GREHAN

Listening in Three Acts: Thinking, responding, doing. Act 1
- HELENA GREHAN

A Moving Moment: A reprise of choreographing empathy as practice of conscientization
- ANNA JAYNE KIMMEL

The Universal Caregiver Society
- ANNE MANNE

Deconstruction as Repair: An ecological perspective on the Six Viewpoints
- JOSH ARMSTRONG AND MERYL MURMAN

The Net
- MICHA BANDINI [Artist pages]

Your House Does Not Look Like You Anymore: On repair, restoration and destruction in Gaza
- MONA KRIEGLER

The Aesthetics of Acclimatization: Performing the slow death of traditional dance in Singapore
- APARNA R NAMBIAR

On Repair – Between cosmopolitics and decoloniality
- MISCHA TWITCHIN

China Quick-Fix
- BILL AITCHISON

Listening in Three Acts: Thinking, responding, doing. Act 2
- HELENA GREHAN

Beauty, Sleeping
- JESS RICHARDS

Concentric Circles of Dramaturgy
- DAVID PLEDGER

A Multitude of Drops
- VIKRAM IYENGAR, LAV KANOI AND VICKY LONG [Artist pages]

Plant Blindness and Repair
- PRUDENCE GIBSON

Artistic Practices as Gestures of Resistance and Repair: Two Colombian dancers during COVID-19
- TOBY MILLER, ISABEL CRISTINA RAMÍREZ-BOTERO AND FEDERICO GUILLERMO SERRANO-LÓPEZ

Bringing the Body to Beckett’s MOUTH: A short manifesto in the times of Zoom
- MARIA LITVAN

Choreographic Gestures of Resurgence and Repair: Arkadi Zaides’s research-based performance project Necropolis
- CHRISTEL STALPAERT

Listening in Three Acts: Thinking, responding, doing. Act 3
- HELENA GREHAN

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