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Articles from No. 7, 2007

Carnivalising Sovereignty: Containing Indigenous Protest within the 'White' Australian Nation
Indigenous Australian activists and artists have deployed symbolic and representational protest actions across the twentieth century. The examples are many and varied including the formal declaration of a Day of Mourning in 1938, the Yirrkala's submission...
Engrounded: A Developing Theory of Site-Based Performance in the Context of Cognitive Linguistics
After spending several weeks in the sands of the Todd-Mpantwe riverbed in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, I came home to receive the semi-arid hills in Fairfield, which lie adjacent to my home in the Central Valley of California, as camel humps -...
It Came Apart in My Hands: Reflections on Polis by Pearson/brookes
The city is a device for measuring timeDon DeLillo, Mao II, 1992: 27Cardiff is capital of Wales and seat of the Welsh Assembly Government. It was once the major port of the south Wales coalfield, with a famously multicultural community, Tiger Bay; as...
"It's a Poor Sort of Memory That Only Works Backwards": Performance, Site and Remembering
Memory is the fabric through which time is rendered continuous, through which the present and the past are interwoven and interdependent.Marita Sturken, The Space of Electronic Time'Millennium n a thousand years; a thousandth anniversary, millenary;...
Kellerberrin on Our Minds
For Noah.A place is [...] an instantaneous configuration of positions. It implies an indication of stability. A space exists when one takes into consideration vectors ofdirection, velocities, and timevariables [...] in relation to place,space is like...
Local Acts: Site-Specific Performancxe Practice: Introduction
In proposing to the Editorial Committee that this issue of About Performance should focus on site-specific performance practice, I was influenced both by the range and quality of performance work that has been produced in recent years that falls into...
Nature Moves Centre Stage: Eco-Centrism in Community Theatre
PrologueThis paper presents some ideas about how community theatre practice is relevant both as a tool for environmental activism andas a source of new knowledge about human/nature relationships. One good reason to pursue the enquiry is that through...
Not Going Quietly: The Royal on the Move Procession Place, History, Memory and Community-Based Performance
For fifteen minutes before 12 noon on 26 March 2006, the bells of the cathedral on The Hill rang out. A kilometre away, in the square and streets outside the Nickson and McCaffrey Wings of the Royal Newcastle Hospital, hundreds of people assembled under...
Playing with Fire: Staging Lines of Fire: A Site-Specific Project
In October 2006, WoW! Productions staged a newly-commissioned work, Lines of Fire by New Zealand playwright Gary Henderson, at the Dunedin Railway Station.1 The commission brief required a work that would be presented as a site-specific performance that...
St Catherine's Chapel Pilgrimage: A Guide
INTRODUCTIONTwo promenade performances took place on 13 and 14 April 2001 in Guildford as a result of a year long collaborative project between visual artist, Janine Creaye and myself, a dance artist. These performances involved a forty-minute pilgrimage...
Tracing New Absence: Events for Place-Making and Place-Faking
The sudden disappearance of the installation at the end of the project asserts the essential ephemeral nature of the work; into the newly cleared site rushes an absence - an empty space that was not there before we arrived. This is the heart of the workBarley...
Welcome to Country: Performing Rights and the Pedagogy of Place
Theatricality is deep in every cultural action [...] and that theatricality, always present, is intense when the moment being experienced is full of ambivalences.Greg DeningWe welcome you to our country region, but we still don't have any land.Lynette...
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