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Can One Enter a Theater Softly?

"Can One Enter a Theater Softly?" A Moscow Critic's Journal, 2010-15

John Freedman surveys the trends and important events in Russian theater from 2010 to 2015. Freedman pays particular attention to how changes in Russia's increasingly conservative political climate and cultural policy have resulted in increased censorship of, decreased funding for, and division among Russian artists. The article also discusses major milestones, such as the opening of the Gogol Center, the closing of Teatr.doc, and provocative productions by Konstantin Bogomolov and Timofei Kulyabin

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The Curatorial Turn

The Curatorial Turn

In this article, Tom Sellar works toward a definition of the performance curator, a protean role at the crossroads of performance and visual arts presentation. He reveals performance curation’s ties to dramaturgy and criticism; could this emerging field imply greater institutional and creative power?

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A New Journey through Other Spaces: Contemporary Performance beyond "Site-Specific"

A New Journey through Other Spaces: Contemporary Performance beyond "Site-Specific"

Site-specific has itself become usurped into mainstream marketing lingo: a promotional catchword and trendy signifier for innovation and pseudoalternative experiences that promise to jolt audiences, to shake them up, so to speak, in
“new” or “found” spaces.

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Room For Art

Room For Art

An elegy for PS122's original performance space by its former Artistic Director.

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Lupa Utopia

Excerpts from Utopia

These excerpts from Krystian Lupa's notebooks, coupled with his own drawings, provide insights into the artist's thoughts on the relationship between actors and director, the alchemical process of transforming dreams into theater, and how he traverses the mysterious landscape of imagination.

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Christoph Schlingensief (1961-2010)

Christoph Schlingensief (1961-2010)

A glimpse into the legacy of the late German director Christoph Schlingensief, rebellious crusader for artistic advancement and social progress.

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Two Roads West

Two Roads West

Laurence McKeown’s text for this site-specific theater piece explores various neighborhoods in Belfast and the burden of Northern Ireland’s political past weighing on the personal histories of two individuals. The piece takes place inside a moving taxi as it drives between neighborhoods long divided by the city’s internecine conflicts—connecting the fictional stories of Bill and Rosie with the real world beyond the windshield.

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Urban Folk Art: Performance, Politics, and the Right to the City

David Freedlander surveys a variety of performance events designed to reconfigure the relationships between urban space and urban dwellers in New York City. He describes a burgeoning guerrilla performance culture—from kicklines on the steps of the New York Public Library to impromptu road soccer matches conducted with a flaming ball—aimed at reclaiming the city, resisting processes of gentrification, homogenization, and corporatization.

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