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The most popular Performance art books currently available. Updated weekly.
Walk Through Walls: A Memoir
'Her bravest work of performance art to date . . ., Rawly intimate' Observer<br> <br> This memoir spans Marina Abramovic's five decade career, and tells a life story that is almost as exhilarating and extraordinary as her groundbreaking performance art. Taking us from her early life in communist ex-Yugoslavia, to her time as a young art student in Belgrade in the 1970s, where she first made her mark with a series of pieces that used the body as a canvas, the book also describes her relationship with the West German performance artist named Ulay who was her lover and sole collaborator for 12 years. Abramovic has collaborated with stars from Lady Gaga to Jay-Z, James Franco and Willem Dafoe.,<br> <br> Best known for her recent pieces 'The Artist is Present' and '512 Hours', this book is a fascinating insight into the life of one of the most important artists working today, and the woman who has been described as 'the grandmother of performance art'.
BoJack Horseman: The Art Before the Horse
The official companion to Netflix's hit animated comedy, which the New Yorker calls "one of the most emotionally ambitious and goofiest series on television"
Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Pina Bausch
Walking Art Practice: Reflections on Socially Engaged Paths
This collection of intimate reflections by artist Ernesto Pujol brings together his experiences as a monk, performance artist, social choreographer and educator. They serve as a provocation, walkers' manifesto and teaching guide for walking as mindful cultural activism. An inspirational text for artists, art students and anyone who loves to walk.
Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present
Surveys a full century of performance, from the Futurist manifesto of 1909 to the second decade of the millennium. This title explains how a medium once used only in sporadic outbreaks of artistic dissent has become, over the course of a century, a vital and integral part of the contemporary mainstream and a global phenomenon.
Excellences & Perfections
This book presents the fiercely intelligent internet-based performance of artist Amalia Ulman, which she eventually revealed to be a critical artwork about issues of online identity.
Anna Halprin
Actor Training
Presents an introduction to how actor training shapes modern theatre.
Social Works: Performing Art, Supporting Publics
Making a Performance: Devising Histories and Contemporary Practices
Improvisation Studies Reader: Spontaneous Acts
Cambridge History of Medieval Music
Charts the origins, development and spread of medieval Western European music from late antiquity to the end of the fourteenth century.
Performance Now: Live Art for the 21st Century
A landmark publication documenting the development of performance by visual artists since the turn of the twenty-first century
Alchemy of Performance Anxiety: Transformation for Artists
With mental health increasingly in the spotlight, this book offers a new perspective on anxiety. The focus of this book is on the application of psychological alchemical practice to address, explore and examine the nature and cause of anxiety in order to tackle and overcome it.
Sophie Whettnall (at) Work
Markus-Experiment: Jesus Kennen Lernen Mit Dem Markus-Evangelium
Bertolt Brecht
Guidebook for an Armchair Pilgrimage
Follow mythogeographer Phil Smith, photographer John Schott and ornithorgrapher Tony Whitehead, in words and pictures, on an imagined pilgrimage through a real but extraordinary landscape. Over the course of the 19-day Armchair Pilgrimage, we experience the world around us just as they did as they walked - finding our own destination.
Devising Theatre: A Practical and Theoretical Handbook
A practical handbook that combines a critical analysis of contemporary devised theatre practice with descriptions of selected companies, and suggestions for any group devising theatre from scratch.
Performance Analysis: An Introductory Coursebook
This introductory performance studies coursebook brings together classic texts in critical theory and shows how these texts can be used in the analysis of performance. Themed sections treat key topics such as: decoding the sign; the politics of performance; and the politics of gender.
Costume in Performance: Materiality, Culture, and the Body
Performance Art in Eastern Europe Since 1960
This is the first comprehensive academic study of the history of performance art in Eastern Europe. It is a comparative study that covers twenty-one countries across the region, highlighting the unique contribution of these artists to the genre of performance art. -- .
Routledge Companion to Commedia dell'Arte
Gestures of Participatory Art
The study critically reclaims participatory art beyond its co-option as a fuzzword of neoliberal governance. It examines a range of artistic practices from community theatre, immersive performance and the visual arts in different sites around the world. It offers a refreshing theorisation of participatory art as gesture. -- .
Performance / Media / Art / Culture - Selected Essays 1983-2018
Hire Me, Hollywood!: Your Behind-the-Scenes Guide to the Most Exciting - and Unexpected - Jobs in Show Business
Everyone knows you need directors and actors to make movies and TV shows. But it takes more than those two positions to get a production under way. Through interviews with top talent both above and below the line, this title shows that it takes more than the expected (actors, writers, producers) to make Hollywood tick.
Bad Reputation: Performances, Essays, Interviews
An autobiographical trilogy by a cultural icon of Downtown New York.
Studio 54
In the first official book on the legendary club Studio 54, co-owner Ian Schrager presents a spectacular volume brimming with star-studded photographs and personal stories from the greatest party of all time.
Theatre in Europe Under German Occupation
Creative Critic: Writing as/about Practice
Eugenio Barba
"First pubished 2004, reissued 2018"--Title page verso.
Dictionary of the American Avant-Gardes
Georg Buchner's Woyzeck
Drama in Medieval and Early Modern Europe: Playmakers and their Strategies
Mona Hatoum
An exploration of the artist's powerful evocations of statelessness, otherness and denial.
Odin Teatret Archives
Live Art and Performance
Contributors include Peggy Phelan, Tim Etchells, RoseLee Goldberg, Guillermo Gomez Pena, Amelia Jones, Stelarc, Marina Abramovic and Alastair MacLennan.
Glorious Catastrophe: Jack Smith, Performance and Visual Culture
Glorious catastrophe presents the first detailed critical analysis of the visual art, film, performance and writing of Jack Smith, an icon of the New York avant-garde, from the early 1960s until his AIDS-related death in 1989. It uses his personal papers, and unpublished interviews with friends and collaborators. -- .
Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship
A searing critique of participatory art by an iconoclastic historian.
Dennis Oppenheim: Body Performance 1969 -73
Performance Art in Ireland: A History
Presenting visual documentation of performance art practices, this collection shows how performance art in Ireland engaged with and in turn influenced and led by contemporary performance and live art internationally. It features a theoretical analysis that provide an absorbing sense of the histories of performance art in Ireland.
Cambridge Introduction to Performance Theory
This introduction provides a fresh approach to the meaning and origins of performance theory for students, scholars and enthusiasts. Defining the key figures and terms within the field, Simon Shepherd ranges across theories and practices, from folklore studies to performativity to protests against road building.
Disappearing California C. 1970: Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, Jack Goldstein
This insightful book explores the theme of disappearance in the 1970s performance art of Bas Jan Ader, Chris Burden, and Jack Goldstein.
Preservation, Radicalism, and the Avant-Garde Canon
Combining a range of content with self-reflexive examination by scholars and practitioners, this edited volume interrogates the contemporary significance of the avant-garde. Rather than focusing on a particular region, period, or movement, the contributors bring together case studies to examine what constitutes the avant-garde canon.
Twenty-First Century Performance Reader
Title Tk: An Anthology
Styling the Stars: Lost Treasures from the Twentieth Century Fox Archive
SUPERSUIT: Poetic Interventions in Urban Spaces
The increasing accumulation of people in living machines without history and the challenges presented by migration and the lack of space provoke a need for new thinking and acting in public spaces. As a marker of public space, the spontaneously arising forms of SUPERSUIT respond directly to the parameters of urban context.
Histories of Performance Documentation: Museum, Artistic, and Scholarly Practices