Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on Edge

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Psychology Press, 2003 - Performing Arts - 176 pages
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Disability and Contemporary Performance presents a remarkable challenge to existing assumptions about disability and artistic practice. In particular, it explores where cultural knowledge about disability leaves off, and the lived experience of difference begins. Petra Kuppers, herself an award-winning artist and theorist, investigates the ways in which disabled performers challenge, change and work with current stereotypes through their work. She explores freak show fantasies and 'medical theatre' as well as live art, webwork, theatre, dance, photography and installations, to cast an entirely new light on contemporary identity politics and aesthetics.
This is an outstanding exploration of some of the most pressing issues in performance, cultural and disability studies today, written by a leading practitioner and critic.
 

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Contents

Practices of reading difference
12
Freaks stages and medical theaters
31
Mat Fraser as Sealo
32
Freak
35
Andr Brouillet 1887 Vne Lecon Clinique a la Salpetriere showing Charcot demonstrating on Blanche Wittmann
41
Performing disability
49
Elisabeth Loffler in Einblicke
60
Bill Shannon publicity still
63
Gerda Konig and Marc Stuhlmann
84
Disability trauma and narrative
87
Celeste Dandeker and Margaret Williams director of Outside In
93
Cyborgs and websurfers
105
Contact 17GoAccess publicity postcard
112
Navigating the Body webcapture Susan Harman
118
Traces videostill
133
Notes
135

David Toole in Outside In
66
Outsider energies
70
Compagnie de LOiseauMouche Le Labyrinthe
74
Martina Nitz in Sensation of Motion in Time
81

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Petra Kuppers is Assistant Professor of Performance Studies at Bryant College. She is Artistic Director of the Olimpias Performance Research Project and she has written extensively in the fields of cultural, performance and disability studies.

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