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- DescriptionItinerant Spectator/Itinerant Spectacle moves across the landscape of European performance in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, recounting performance in circulation across national borders and across the itinerant bodies of spectators who travel to meet performances that travel. Itinerant Spectator/Itinerant Spectacle suggests spectating is a practice - an act of interpretation engaged in more than simply receiving the affects of a performance, a companion practice to the making of performance. The work forms a part of Skantze's ongoing explorations of what she terms the 'epistemology of practice as research.' IS/IS theorizes spectating as a practice that extends beyond the theatre, as a practice of writing as recollecting (and recollecting as writing) at the center of what has been called criticism. The book grounds spectatorship in the subjective, embodied, differenced practice of spectating t from a fixed location or standpoint but from a ground that constantly shifts, that is, from the ground of the roving positionalities of the itinerate spectator. Following Walter Benjamin, for example, Skantze importantly adopts the privileges of the flaneur as a feminist and rather queer project, one that refuses to be tied to the mir position, to that of the impossible flaneuse. The methodology of the book takes inspiration from the writings of W.G. Sebald and his employment of something Skantze describes as a staging of memory, a way to offer the reader an example of how memory works in the midst of a description of a particular recollection. This construction invites the reader/participant to 'discover, ' to 'remember' alongside the writer. Further, this methodology invites the reader to incorporate her/his own ideas and memories of the practice of spectating through an openness in the language of remembering and description. Individual sections of the book demonstrate spectating as itinerant 'on the job training' in various modes of reception. Topics include: the idea of reparation in performance about nations, the past and injustice; the power of sound and the intricacies of seeing/hearing performance in many languages; the architectural information absorbed by the spectator and its role in fashioning story; the shifts made in spectating at festivals between theatre and dance; and the political consequences and traps of mobility and immobility.
- Author BiographyP.A. Skantze is a director, writer and spectator of theatre and performance based in London and Italy. She works internationally with her performance company Four Second Decay. Her performance projects include All that Fell, an experiment in physical radio, Audible Montage or Eurydice's Footsteps, and Stacks. Author of Stillness in Motion in the Seventeenth-Century Theatre, Skantze also writes on sound and the sonic arts, practice as research as a method of considering 17th-century theatre, questions of reception and representation of race and of gender, the practice of spectating across nations, across centuries and across media. Her most recent research project explores the epistemology of practice as research. Currently she is Reader in Performance Practices in the Department of Drama, Theatre and Performance at Roehampton University.
- Author(s)P a Skantze
- PublisherPunctum Books
- Date of Publication20/12/2013
- FormatPaperback / softback
- SubjectLiterary Criticism
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintPunctum Books
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight259 g
- Width127 mm
- Height203 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Unsewn / adhesive bound
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