Performing Site-Specific Theatre: Politics, Place, Practice, edited by Anna Birch and Joanne Tompkins (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

Andrew Filmer


In Performing Site-Specific Theatre editors Anna Birch and Joanne Tompkins have collected contributions from a range of theorists and practitioners that address critical issues in contemporary site-specific theatre and performance. The volume is broad in scope, offering discussion of site-specific performance as it engages with politics, place, and protest; history, cultural policy, and community art practice; and media, sensory immersion and intimacy. Throughout, the authors of many of the chapters exhibit a shared interest in interrogating the instability of ‘site’ and ‘performance’ and the productive potential of site-specific work to destabilise and dislocate spectators. The volume therefore offers a many-voiced critical engagement with the features and function of site-specific performance, addressing issues pertinent to the often-contested politics of site and site work and providing analyses of a range of recent (and in one case, notably historic) site-specific performances.

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Ferdman, Bertie. ‘A New Journey through Other Spaces: Contemporary Performance beyond ‘Site-Specific’’, Theater 43.2 (2013): 5–25.

Kaye, Nick. Site-Specific Art: Performance, Place, and Documentation (London: Routledge, 2000)

Kwon, Miwon. One Place after Another : Site-Specific Art and Locational Identity (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2002)


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