Academic journal article About Performance

Introduction

Academic journal article About Performance

Introduction

Article excerpt

This is the.third annual issue of About Performance, the in-house journal reporting about events here at the Centre for Performance Studies, University of Sydney. This year's issue is devoted to theatre issues, primarily, always a major focus for the Centre, but which this year seemed to emerge as a general theme for the year. Many people recognise that Performance Studies was an outgrowth of theatre studies, of course, but as we have expanded to look at many different sorts of staged genres from a variety of cultural worlds, sometimes the original source of inspiration can recede from view. It is in this spirit that some of us have turned back to theatre in Australia, as in the Theatre Matters conference whose transcripts arc the centrepiece of this journal, to see what general performative insights culled from around the globe might be applied to familiar domains here at home.

As the reader will see, there arc four sections in this issue, each devoted to a major aspect of our programme here at C.P.S. The first is an overview of the many special events and workshops which we offer each year, as pedagogical aids, community outreach, and material for analysis. The second section is a report on our teaching program, with a focus on new courses which have been developed in response to our increasing enrolments. The editors are especially proud of our dialogue in this section, which illustrates graphically how teaching and research interests arc intimately intertwined for many of us in the Arts. The third section is a selection of papers presented at our postgraduate seminar series, ranging from reports on fieldwork to papers being prepared for journal publication or thesis submission. …

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