Theatre Research in Canada

Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches Theatrales au Canada is an academic journal published semiannually by the University of Toronto. Originally titled, Theatre History in Canada, the journal was founded in 1980 and covers Canadian theatrical research.

Articles from Vol. 36, No. 1, Spring

Ambivalent Pathways of Progress and Decline: The Representation of Aging and Old Age in Joanna McClelland Glass's Drama
Since the late 1990s, the interconnected areas of theatre studies, drama in education, and dramatic criticism have highlighted relevant associations between theatrical creativity and constructions of age and aging. This work has clearly shown how,...
An Autoethnographic Reading of Djanet Sears's the Adventures of a Black Girl in Search of God
Black women writers partially, and often deliberately, embrace the moral actions, religious values, and rules of conduct handed down by word of mouth in the folk culture. They then proceed in accordance with their tradition to transform the cultural...
Diamanda Galas and Amanda Todd: Performing Trauma's Sticky Connections
Defixiones begins in darkness. Galas's vocals are our only compass. The force of the unknown we are confronted with is total, so too is the strength of the voice that guides. Galas is relentless--unyielding in her commitment to her subject...
Forum: LINK & PIN Performance Art Series
LINK & PIN started in my grandmother's house. During spring-summer 2011, I invited artists to perform in the main floor of her home in the heart of downtown Toronto. What began as space-making for performers whose work I wanted to see, a way for...
George Luscombe Directing Chicago '70 at Toronto Workshop Productions: An Insider's Subjective Account
This article is a revised and expanded version of a talk prepared for The Art of Directing symposium, "Celebrating Peter Stein" at the University of Toronto, 7 June 2014. "Director as Documentarist / Director as Activist" was the topic of the panel...
"I Haven't Got Time for the Pain": The State and Stakes of Performance Art 2.0
REPERFORMANCE The last decade has seen a resurgence of interest in the not-so-new practice of "reperformance," (1) the act of re-enacting or re-staging apparently previously performed works. LINK & PIN wondered ... why? Why reperform--or (re)perform?...
Introduction: Pushing the limits/Introduction : Repousser Les Limites
Whenever I review an article submission to Theatre Research in Canada/Recherches theatrales au Canada, one of the first questions I ask is: Does this article push the limits of theatre and performance studies in an exciting, provocative, or challenging...
Liz Gorrie and the Kaleidoscope Alternative
Founded in 1973 with a $23,000 Trudeau-era employment grant, Kaleidoscope Theatre has for forty years served as Victoria's premier producer of Theatre for Young Audiences. (1) But despite, or more likely because of, the company's success with its chosen...
Perception Is Participation
PARTICIPATION LINK & PIN's second performance event, PARTICIPATION, took place on 15 December 2013 and was interested in pushing the boundaries of what participatory performance might usually look like. The event hoped to question notions of...
Techniques of Making Public: The Sensorium through Eating and Walking
Public art comes in through the back door like a second-class citizen. Instead of bemoaning this, public art can use this marginal position to its advantage: public art can present itself as the voice of marginal cultures, as the minority report, as...
Thea Fitz-James: Gendered Boundaries, Durational Performance, and the Art of Holding It In
FEMINIST FIBRES LINK & PIN's first event on 20 October 2013 investigated the intersection of feminisms, textiles, and performance. FEMINIST FIBRES hoped to look more closely at recent trends in re-appropriating and politicizing craft and textile...
"This Beer Festival Has a Theatre Problem!": The Evolution and Rebranding of the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival
In 1982, the Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival was established through a $50,000 grant bestowed by the City of Edmonton to Chinook Theatre (now Fringe Theatre Adventures), under Artistic Director Brian Paisley. Chinook Theatre aimed to...
Towards Anti-Disciplinarity: The (Messy) Hermeneutics of Self-Violent Performance Art
LONG-TERM Co-curated with Sandrine Schaefer, the work featured in LONG-TERM investigated collaborative practices of various artist duos who create extended duration performance. Unfolding over two days (12-13 April 2014) the event addressed the...
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