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Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response

by Jan Cohen-Cruz - £24.99  Taylor & Francis Ltd (Routledge) (2010)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780415472142 | ISBN 10: 0415472148

Engaging Performance: Theatre as Call and Response presents a combined analysis and workbook to examine ‘socially engaged performance’. It offers a range of key practical approaches, exercises, and principles for using performance to engage in a variety of social and artistic projects. Author Jan Cohen-Cruz draws on a career of groundbreaking research and work within the fields of political, applied, and community theatre to explore the impact of how differing genres of theatre respond to social "calls."
 
Areas highlighted include:
 
* Playwriting and the engaged artist
 
* Theatre of the Oppressed
 
* Performance as testimonial
 
* The place of engaged art in cultural organizing
 
* The use of local resources in engaged art
 
* Revitalizing cities and neighbourhoods through engaged performance
 
* Training of the engaged artist
 
Cohen-Cruz also draws on the work of major theoreticians, including Bertolt Brecht, Augusto Boal and Doreen Massey, as well as analyzing in-depth case studies of the work of US practitioners today to illustrate engaged performance in action.

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