Closing Comments: a kindness that goes further

Alys Longley


my task here is to write a closing editorial piece

to write a closing editorial piece with a focus on how the thematics of radical kindness and performance








                                         r oss the articles collected here     in the process of doing this writing    i am thinking of the book i never knew what time it was by poet and art critic david antin1

and the idea of a non-proprietorial form of writing             an approach to writing that is light hearted         and thus could give permission for a light hearted kind of scholarship

            that is fused with the logics of performance making and crafting

as practices of creativity    imagination           and experimentation


(in the case of these comments            experimentation with writing itself as it merges with drawing, with colour, with light)


(and when i write light hearted            that is not to say taking its work lightly, but making space for forms of performance writing and scholarship that work with a light touch      engage buoyancy         make space for


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radical kindness, performance-making, creativity, imagination, experimentation

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Antin, David. 2005. I never knew what time it was. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Burton, Sarah. 2021. "Solidarity, now! Care, Collegiality, and Comprehending the Power Relations of "Academic Kindness" in the Neoliberal Academy." Performance Paradigm 16: 20-39.

Dennis, Rea. 2021. "Our body recognises kindness: Moving, nature and labours unacknowledged." Performance Paradigm 16: 251-270.

Ehn, Erik. 2021. "Still Small: Contemplation in action." Performance Paradigm 16: 74-98.

García-Martín, Elena. 2021. "Radical Kindness and Disability Identity on the Contemporary Spanish Stage." Performance Paradigm 16: 149-163.

Guzzanti, Paula. 2021. "Documentary Screendance-making as a Practice of Kindness." Performance Paradigm 16: 218-226.

Halpern Zisman, Laine. 2021. " Circus, In Crisis: Examining Care and Community in Circus Training. Performance Paradigm 16: 116-131.

Harper, Sarah. 2021. "Tenderness Between Strangers: Intimate exchanges on banlieue wastelands." Performance Paradigm 16: 235-250.

Haughton, Miriam. 2021. "As much graft as there is craft: Refusal, Value and the Affective Economy of the Irish Arts Sector." Performance Paradigm 16: 40-59.

Hunter, Kate. 2021. "Compassionate Irritability: Interdisciplinary collaboration as an act of kindness." 271-279.

Johnstone, Daniel. 2021. "Ibsen's Phenomenology of Kindness: Self and Other in The Wild Duck." Performance Paradigm 16: 132-148.

Korporaal, Astrid N. 2021. "Gathering Through the Image: A Performative Kind of Kinship." Performance Paradigm 16: 99-115.

Longley, Alys. 2021. "The Other Country that You Are: A Performative Essay and Video Work exploring Radical Kindness in the Chilean Peoples Uprising of 2019." Performance Paradigm 16: 199-217.

Low, Katharine, E. 2021. "The potential of radical kindness as a methodology in applied theatre in arts and health." Performance Paradigm 16: 164-183.

Mayo, Sue. 2021. "We Know...": Collective Care in Participatory Arts." Performance Paradigm 16: 184-198.

Newman, Renée. 2021. "Escape Velocity Walks the City: Kindness and intimacy in public space in the transgender and gender diverse teen experience." Performance Paradigm 16: 227-234.

Samuels, Lisa. 2021. "Withness in kind." Performance Paradigm 16: 60-73.


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