Negotiating cultures

Eugenio Barba and the intercultural debate

Edited by Ian Watson

Negotiating cultures

Book Information

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-6170-7
  • Pages: 296
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £17.99
  • Published Date: June 2002
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, The arts / Theatre studies, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / Cultural, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, Literary studies: general, Popular culture, Literature
  • Series: Theatre: Theory - Practice - Performance


Eugenio Barba is one of the world's leading theatre artists and theorists working across cultures. Examines three major strands of Barba's work; his research at the International School of Theatre Anthropology, his use of performance as a means of exchange, and his ongoing relationship with Latin America. The artists who write and are interviewed in the book provide an invaluable insight into Barba's work methods, his relationship with performers from different cultures, and the ramifications of his research in a variety of performance forms. Concludes with a dialogue between Barba and Ian Watson.


List of plates
List of figures
Foreword - A handful of snow - Franc Chamberlain
Introduction - Contexting Barba - Ian Watson

ISTA and theatre anthropology

1. Staging theatre anthropology - Ian Watson
2. Transcultural dialogue: Lecture/demonstrations at ISTA - Nicola Saverese
3. Actor as refusenik: Semiotics, theatre anthropology, and the work of the body - Nigel Stewart
4. Finding equilibrium in disequilibrium: the impact of ISTA on its Balinese participants - I Nyoman Catra and Ron Jenkins
5. Odissi and the ISTA dance: an interview with Sanjukta Panigrahi - Ron Jenkins and Ian Watson
6. Interculturalism and the individual performer: an interview with the Odin actress Roberta Carreri - Ian Watson

Barter: Performance as cultural exchange

7. The dynamics of barter - Ian Watson
8. Borders, barters and beads: in search of intercultural arcadia - Maria Shevtsova
9. Theatre presence: sea lanes, Sardinia 1975 - Iben Nagel Rasmussen, Eugenio Barba, Tony D'Urso and Ferdinando Taviani
10. Provocation anthropology: bartering performance in Africa - Mette Bovin
11. Invisible cities: an interview with Pino Di Buduo - Ian Watson

Latin America and the third theatre

12. Barba's other culture - Ian Watson
13. The house with two doors - Eugenio Barba
14. The third theatre: a legacy of independence - Ian Watson
15. About islands and woods: notes on a journey to the Odin Teatret - Miguel Rubio

A dialogue with Eugenio Barba

16. The conquest of difference: an electronic dialogue - Eugenio Barba and Ian Watson
List of contributors


Ian Watson is Deputy Chair of the Department of Visual and Performing Arts as well as Coordinator of the Theatre and Television Programs at Rutgers University-Newark

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