New Publication: Performing Architectures

15 June, 2018 | 0 comments

New Publication: Performing Architectures

Performing Architectures: Projects, Practices, Pedagogies, edited by Andrew Filmer and Juliet Rufford, is available now from Bloomsbury.

Performing Architectures examines the relationship between theatre, performance and architecture in an expanded field of spatial and artistic practice. It maps the diverse relations that exist between these disciplines and demonstrates how their aims and concerns overlap through shared interests in space, action and event. The volume provides an essential introduction to the ways in which performance and architecture – as socio-spatial processes and as things made or constructed – operate as generating, shaping and steering forces in understanding and performing the other.  

The book's three sections focus on key sites of encounter:

  • 'Projects' examines theoretical debates about, and trends in, architecture for performance. This section includes essays by Dorita Hannah, Evelyn Lima, Klaus van den Berg and Himanshu Burte and artists' pages by Breg Horemans and Gert-Jan Stam of TAAT.
  • 'Practices' looks at cross-currents in artistic practice, including spatial dramaturgies, performance architecture, urban intervention and architectural scenographies. This section includes essays by Cathy Turner and Mike Pearson, Andrew Filmer, David Roberts, Natalie Rewa and Alex Schweder.
  • 'Pedagogies' considers the uses of performance in architectural education and architecture in teaching postdramatic devised performance. This section includes essays by Juliet Rufford and Beth Weinstein and an interview with Robert Wilson.

'A provocative volume that reaches across the world and through time to offer new theoretical and practical perspectives on architecture, dramaturgy and scenography.' Joanne Tompkins, The University of Queensland, Australia

'Timely and fascinating, Performing Architectures works towards an architectural dramaturgy appropriate for our post-dramatic concerns and practice.' Maurya Wickstrom, City University of New York, USA

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