About Performance

Articles from No. 6, 2006

"And There We May Rehearse Most Obscenely and Courageously": 1 Pushing Limits in Rehearsal
Bottom meant "seemly", but in some ways his pronouncement is fitting. Rehearsal rooms sometimes see extremes of behaviours and emotions which would not in fact be "seemly" outside that place. Going "there" does take courage, and being privy as an outsider...
A Note from the Publishers
We are delighted to announce that About Performance has now received approval from the Department of Education, Science and Training to be included in the DEST Register of Refereed Journals. All the articles published here have been subjected to peer...
Feeling the Right Impulse: 'Professionalism' and the Affective Dimension of Rehearsal Practice
In a large rented room in Sydney on a Wednesday in January 1998, the cast and crew of My Night With Reg rehearsed the theatre piece that was to be performed at Newtown Theatre. Today they turned their attention to Act Two. This section of the script...
Ovid in the Torres Strait: Making a Performance from the Metamorphoses
In July 2003 I did what I had promised myself I would never do, confront one of my greatest fears and fly in a small plane. Not once but repeatedly over a two week period and often more than once in a day, over the mountain ranges, plains and even oceans...
Performance Preparation Processes and Their Textual Reconstruction
INTRODUCTIONThis article draws on two related research areas: the commedia dell'arte and Elizabethan public playhouse performance. Both these historical performance modes involved complex dieatre production processes based on a rapid turnover of plays,...
Rehearsal and the Actor Practicalities, Ideals and Compromise
As I stand, I straighten my body, grimace slightly and raise my tongue and soft palate. The muscles in my neck contract and I tense beneath my armpits as though I were lifting heavy suitcases. My vocal chords are now prepared in accordance with the 'Estill5...
Rehearsal as Cartography: Some Challenges for Metaphor and Practice
An actor's movement, a physical boundary such as a stage floor, or something more ephemeral like a focused light or social conventions-any of diese can transform a space into a place of performance. At this moment of transformation, performers and audiences...
Telling That Story: Marrugeku Company's Creative Process in Western Arnhem Land
STORIES, HISTORIES, DREAMINGSThis essay is an exploration of the working process which took place in the Marrugeku Company in its early work in Western Arnhem Land between 1995 and 2000. It is an edited version of the dissertation I wrote for my MA in...
The Emerging Field of Rehearsal Studies
Theatre Studies, the academic discipline that sets out to explore the whole phenomenon of theatre, has been an accepted part of the humanities' curriculum in universities in Europe and North America for the best part of a century, increasingly so in...
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