Web of Performance: An Ensemble Workbook

25 June, 2018 by Chris Collins | 0 comments

Web of Performance: An Ensemble Workbook co-edited by Monica Prendergast and Will Weigler

 

The field of performance studies involves much more than actors on a stage. It is based on the idea that nearly everything we do is related to performing. We’ve called this book The Web of Performance because, like a spider’s web, performance connects at multiple points to everything around it. Once you begin to understand how it all works—how performance is connected to all aspects of our lives.

 

For Students

If you love being involved in theatre and you’re also searching for opportunities to make a positive difference in your community, this workbook was written for you. You may think that theatre and all the other things you are passionate about represent different directions in your life, but they don’t have to be separate. They can converge in performance studies, a category of theatre based on the idea that nearly everything we do is related to performing. Once you begin to understand how performance is connected to all aspects of our lives, you can use that knowledge to invent, create, and build performance based activities that you can integrate into all the other interests that define who you are and what you want to do in your life.

 

For Educators
This workbook has been designed and written for students in high school and university who may be interested in how performance works. The chapters cover broad topics drawn from the field of performance studies, an academic field developed out of theatre studies, anthropology, sociology and cultural studies in the 1980s and 1990s. Web of Performance covers key topics in performance studies: Performance as a form of Play, Ritual, Healing, Education, Power, Identity and Everyday Life. Each of these topics works like a web, inviting students to explore in multiple directions, across many threads.

 

Subjects: performance studies, theatre, high school, university, curriculum planning, performing arts

 

Ebook FREE to download:https://onlineacademiccommunity.uvic.ca/press/books/titles/web-of-performance/

 

We are grateful to the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the University of Victoria Office of Research Services and E-Publishing Program for their support in the creation of this curriculum.

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