Books: Damaged Goods / Meg Stuart – Are we here yet?

Since choreographer Meg Stuart presented her debut Disfigure Study at the Klapstuk festival (Leuven) in 1991 and founded her company Damaged Goods in Brussels in 1994, she has been a regular guest in theatres all over Europe and became a key figure in contemporary dance. According to Stuart, writing in December 2007, “all movement expresses desire, not simply the physical or erotic or material desire of wanting, owning, or inhabiting something, but the desire to make contact, to expose oneself to the viewer and the other on stage. Ultimately, movement also expresses and incorporates the missing, the failed communication, the censored, and all conditions real or projected that block any action from taking place. Perhaps al the reasons one is not able to cope within a given situation.” Thoug...

Books: Penny Arcade’s “Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews”

A runaway at thirteen, a reform-school graduate at sixteen, a performer in the legendary New York City Playhouse of the Ridiculous at seventeen, and an escapee from Andy Warhol’s Factory scene at nineteen, Penny Arcade (born Susana Ventura) emerged in the 1980s as a primal force on the New York art scene and participant of what came to be called performance art. This autobiographical trilogy of plays represents her at her best. Bitch!Dyke!Faghag!Whore! is Penny Arcade’s raucous sex and censorship show (which continues to tour around the world), featuring the daily life of a receptionist in a brothel, the upbringing and rearing of a “faghag,” the evolution of the New York gay scene in the 1990s, and a participatory “audience dance break.” The title work, ...

Books: The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio

[singlepic id=142 w= h=] The Theatre of Socìetas Raffaello Sanzio chronicles four years in the life of an extraordinary Italian theatre company whose work is widely recognized as some of the most exciting theatre currently being made in Europe. In the first English-language book to document their work, company founders, Claudia Castellucci, Romeo Castellucci and Chiara Guidi, discuss their approach to theatre making with Joe Kelleher and Nicholas Ridout. At the centre of the book is a detailed exploration of the company’s eleven episode cycle of tragic theatre, Tragedia Endogonida (2002–2004,) including: production notes and extensive correspondence giving insights into the creative process essays by and conversations with company members alongside critical responses by their two co-...

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