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Poetry is "No Poverty," and "No Poverty" is Poetry

Poetry is "No Poverty," and "No Poverty" is Poetry

Annie Dorsen interviews the late Judith Malina, co-founder of the Living Theatre. Dorsen and Malina discuss the intersection of theater and politics, the beginnings and evolution of the Living Theatre, and how to continually fight for the beautiful non-violent anarchist revolution.

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From Content to Context: The Emergence of the Performance Curator

From Content to Context: The Emergence of the Performance Curator

Guest Coeditor Bertie Ferdman traces the rise of the performance curator from the early 1960s to the present, showing how curation has become central to the presentation of performance today. Ferdman explores the numerous innovative ways in which performance curators craft frameworks in which the public is prepared to receive—and question—the live.

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Walk for Me: Postmodern Dance at the House of Harrell

Walk for Me: Postmodern Dance at the House of Harrell

No Tea, No Shade! Madison Moore reads the work of contemporary choreographer

Trajal Harrell, which critically crosses the downtown pedestrianism postmodern

dance with the high-fashion spectacle of uptown Harlem drag balls and voguing.

By considering the social contexts of these apparently disparate scenes, Moore

highlights the stylistic affinities and cultural clashes on display in Harrell’s sweeping

cycle of dance works titled Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church.

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Up Front

Up Front

A model UN gone to the dogs. Australian artist Bennett Miller’s performance installation Dachshund UN at the 2013 Festival TransAmeriques in Montreal crosses animal studies with unflinching geopolitical critique by handing over the principal forum of world government to a quorum of cute, clueless, and capricious hounds. Meanwhile, on a local scale, Brooklyn community activists and artists assemble for public discourse on the state of cultural economics in America.

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Works Sited: A Forum

Works Sited: A Forum

Theater asked a group of performance curators, presenters, and producers to reevaluate the received notion of “site-specific theater.” They responded to a series of questions about whether the term provides a meaningful context for their own bodies of work, how they situate their performance projects in relation to the category’s changing contours, and what they see as the most productive tendencies in this area of performance.

Free for all readers.

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Truth Is Concrete

Truth Is Concrete

In contrast to the normal business of festivals, there was nothing for sale at Truth Is
Concrete, a marathon week of activism and ideas sponsored by the Steirischer Herbst
Festival in Graz, Austria, in September 2012.

Up Front

What’s Up, Doc?: The Ethics of Fact and Fabulation in Documentary Performance: A Forum

What’s Up, Doc?: The Ethics of Fact and Fabulation in Documentary Performance: A Forum

Toward the close of each performance of Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs, Daisey would lean forward and murmur, conspiratorially, “Tonight—we know the truth.” But truth, as pertains to Daisey’s monologue, documentary performance, and the theater generally, is a fungible concept.

Free for all readers.

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Unkindest Cut

The Unkindest Cut Of All

Theater's Editor addresses the impact of cuts in arts funding across Europe.

In His Own Words

Krystian Lupa: In His Own Words

Theater editor Tom Sellar introduces readers to Krystian Lupa and relates why this issue's devotion to the singular artist is an essential step toward filling the gap in American awareness of his work.

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