World stages, local audiences

Essays on performance, place and politics

By Peter Dickinson and Peter Dickinson

World stages, local audiences

Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-0-7190-8174-3
  • Pages: 272
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: May 2010
  • BIC Category: Literature & literary studies / Literary studies: c 1500 to c 1800, The arts / Theatre studies, PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / History & Criticism, Literary studies: general, Theatre studies, Literature
  • Series: Theatre: Theory - Practice - Performance


World Stages, local audiences argues that the forms of intimacy and identification that come from being part of the public of a local performance, provide a potential model for rethinking our roles as world citizens. Using his own experience of recent theatrical practice in Vancouver as a starting point, Dickinson maps the spaces of connection and contestation, the flows of sentiment and social responsibility, produced by different communities in response to global sports spectacles. He also analyses how such topics are taken up in the work of playwrights, conceptual, installation, and performance artists like Ai Weiwei, and Rebecca Belmore. In so doing, Dickinson makes an original contribution to the emerging discourse on live art and 'livability' by examining not only the geographical and historical affiliations between different sites of performance, but also the - at times - radical new social bonds created by audiences witness to those performances.


Wide in scope and roving in style, World Stages, Local Audiences offers readers a rich investigation of the complex and shifting relationships among performance, place, and audience... [The book] ... outlines an ambitious project that ultimately raises important philosophical questions about the situatedness of meaning, opening up new avenues for future research and discussion

a divertingly diverse monograph....its four chapters present analyses of a select set of performative/ performance examples that attempt to cross the high wire between "think global" and "act local". For a project of elevated ambitions, this discursive amplitude ... take[s] focused daring to especially encompassing heights


List of figures Acknowledgements Introduction: Near and far 1 One world, two cities: Olympic showcases in Beijing and Vancouver 2 Love is a battlefield: the performance and politics of same-sex marriage in North America and beyond 3 Travels with Tony Kushner and David Beckham 4 Brothers' keepers, or, the performance of mourning: queer rituals of remembrance Coda 1 December 2007: changing direction/Lost Action References


Peter Dickinson teaches in the English Department at Simon Fraser University

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