About Performance

Articles from No. 11, 2012

Between Machines and Humans: Reflexive Anthropomorphism in Japanese Robot Competitions
ROBO-ONE is an organisation that runs popular hobby robot competitions in Japan. It showcases humanoid combat: two small-sized robots of human-like appearance, typically thirty to fifty centimetres tall, do battle in a fighting arena, a ring of around...
Bungaree and the Grand Corroboree: "White Fellow Sit Down All about; Black Fellow Murry Miserable"
In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, Aboriginal public and secret performances, under the general label of corroboree, were the main focus of descriptions of Indigenous Australians.2 In the early accounts of the settlement in Botany Bay in Sydney,...
Choreographing the Airport: Travels in Thirdspace
In May of 2006 a short article appeared in the Dance section of The New York Times. It concerned the soon-to-begin renovation of Terminal 5 at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK), site of the iconic 1962 Trans World Airlines (TWA) Flight Centre...
Dance and the Distributed Body: Odissi, Ritual Practice, and Mahari Performance
Over the centuries, the sensuous bodily form, female and male, human and divine, has been a dominant feature in the vast and varied canvas of the Indian artistic tradition. The human figurecomplete, elegant, adorned, and eye-catching-was, indeed, the...
Discipline and Pleasure: Dancing Inmates in Cebu's Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center
Largely absent from disciplinary regimes in the West since the eighteenth century, when prisons replaced gruesome public displays of retributive justice, spectacle has returned, reaching domestic and international audiences who witness the famed "dancing...
Epilepsy, Chorea, and Involuntary Movements Onstage: The Politics and Aesthetics of Alterkinetic Dance
On 11 and 12 December 2009, dancer and choreographer Rita Marcalo staged a twenty-four-hour event at the Bradford Playhouse, West Yorkshire, in which she abstained from her anti-epileptic medication, drank wine, ate chocolate, subjected herself to strobe...
Introduction
About Performance No. 11 is dedicated to writing about moving. These articles, collected under the subtitle In-Between Moves, explore movement in the spaces between: between bodies and other bodies, bodies and objects, bodies and places, bodies and time....
Learning the Lunge: Motility in Crocodile Country
Crocodile CountryIn March 2006, a Port Douglas man in far north Queensland, Australia, found a saltwater crocodile, two and a half metres long, in his garage. It took six rangers from the wildlife sanctuary to rope the animal and return it to its nearby...
Performing between Intention and Unconscious Daily Gesture. How Might Disabled Dancers Offer Us a New Aesthetic Sensibility?
INTRODUCTIONIn her key essay "Strategic Abilities: Negotiating the Disabled Body in Dance," Ann Cooper Albright critiques the production and appeal of the "supercrip" (Albright 2001, 60): the dancer who does not let physical limitations stop him/her...
Talking to My Left Foot: Performative Moves In-Between Self and Landscape in Yosemite National Park
APPROACH"Come on little guy, you can do it."The words came out encouragingly. They were gently coaxing but intently focused. They could have been directed at a child or a puppy dog or even a baby bird. However, this was not the case. I was talking to...
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