Interventions Winter/Spring 2019/20

Editorial by issue editor Eleanor Roberts, with Ella Parry-Davies, Aneta Mancewicz, Bella Poynton, and Broderick Chow

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Logic of prelude: on use value, pleasure, and the struggle against agony

Giulia Palladini theorizes the musical ‘prelude’ as a temporal structure that actualizes possible futures in the present.

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Exhaustion and Its Entanglements: Relational Ethos, Minoritarian Positionality, and These Political Times

Asif Majid reexamines Octopus from “Entangling the British Muslim Woman” through the personal lens of minoritarian positionality, and the exhaustion it can produce specifically for Muslim artists.

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Nearly four years in nearly four minutes: fat, queer, dance and time

Charlotte Cooper’s video and text documents a process of exploring ‘queer feminist fat sensibility, experience and possibility’, which challenges exclusionary and ableist notions of dance.

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Wir sind das Volk!: The Unspoken Spell Cast on the Peaceful Revolutionaries

In the context of Hong Kong protests and her installation & performance in Leipzig, Wir sind das Volk! (December 2019), wen yau reflects on the power of a peaceful revolution and the fragility of freedom.

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Feeling political times: Notes from downtown Beirut during the uprising

Fuad Musallam reflects on the post-17 October 2019 Lebanese uprising. Tracing its rhythms through changes to the materiality of downtown Beirut, the affects and expressions of political times emerge.

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Interventions, Autumn 2019

Editorial by Broderick Chow, Aneta Mancewicz, Ella Parry-Davies, Bella Poynton, and Eleanor Roberts

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An Interview with Hancock and Kelly

Hancock and Kelly, interviewed by Jennie Klein, on their new performance, An Extraordinary Rendition, with accompanying photos and video excerpts.

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Thinking Through and With Learning Disability

In the context of her work with Cyrff Ystwyth, a dance-theatre company, Margaret Ames examines kinaesthesic action as an affective and cultural tool that challenges hegemonic distribution of inclusion.

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Playing Politics: Versatile Operations in Site-Adaptive Performance

Melanie Kloetzel’s post-script ‘Playing Politics’ elaborates on her proposals for site-versatile approaches in performance, which may work to self-reflexively critique conditions of precarity in the neoliberal present.

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Austerity, Gender and Performance: Conversations with Anna Herrmann and Katherine Chandler

Drawing on interviews with Clean Break’s co-artistic director Anna Herrmann and playwright Katherine Chandler, Sarah Bartley reflects on representations of women in poverty on the UK stage.

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We Need to Talk About (How We Talk About) Audiences

Kirsty Sedgman presents a commentary on Tomlin’s Political Dramaturgies and Theatre Spectatorship, engaging with debates and misunderstandings between empirical and theoretical spectatorship research.

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Interventions, Summer 2019

Broderick D.V. Chow, Ella Parry-Davies and Aneta Mancewicz introduce CTR’s new Interventions Postscripts initiative.

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Rantin and Raving: an interview with Kieran Hurley

In this filmed conversation, David Overend thinks aloud with playwright Keiran Hurley about scales of connectivity linking theatre audiences to an aspirational political collective.

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In space, nobody can hear you say you didn’t “get” it: theatre, science fiction, and genre snobbery

Ian Farnell looks at the idea of “genre snobbery” in relation to contemporary theatre engaging with science fiction. Because in space, nobody can hear you say you didn’t “get” it.

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Life in Post-Totalitarian East-Central Europe and the Problems of Participation

Amy Bryzgel examines examples of participatory art in communist Eastern Europe, showing how artists in different countries deployed a range of inventive methods to subvert their surveillance states.

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Safety, Risk and Speculation in the Immersive Industry

Anticipating the opening of Hartshorn – Hook and Alexander Wright’s immersive adaptation of The Wolf of Wall Street, Adam Alston explores ideas of safety, risk, and speculation in the immersive experience industry.

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Interventions

Broderick Chow and Ella Parry-Davies introduce this set of interventions onTransnational Physical Cultures – three terms that are by their nature slippery and contested.

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Shadow/Boxing

Robyn Mayol and Ella Parry-Davies’ soundwalk ‘Shadow/Boxing’ takes us on a journey through east London’s Bethnal Green, ghosted by the voices of participants in a Muay Thai-based social care group.

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Leaving a Secret Place

In his performative text ‘Leaving a Secret Place’, Raafat Majzoub explores how to shift through transitions between the competing fictive worlds of the powerful and the marginalised.

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