Contemporary collaborations and cautionary tales

Murray, S. (2016) Contemporary collaborations and cautionary tales. In: Colin, N. and Sachsenmaier, S. (eds.) Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premises, Workings, Failures. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke, pp. 27-50. ISBN 9781137462459 (doi: 10.1057/9781137462466_2)

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This essay poses the question ‘who are the we in collaboration’? At a time when the rhetoric of collaboration and its virtues seem ubiquitous and prolific I look at different tropes and models of collaboration both within theatre and performance and beyond it, particularly within the landscape of contemporary private enterprise and management policy. The essay argues that collaboration per se is neither good nor bad, but that, beyond the affirmative rhetoric, we have to consider carefully the actual lived practices of partnerships and collective labour within the arts: who benefits, what drives the collaboration, who is excluded and what are the long-term consequences for the key players involved? The essay ends by identifying a range of highly generative, often cross-art form collaborative practices.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Collaboration, betrayal, managerialism, neo-liberalism, performance practice, devising, 'we'.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murray, Dr Simon
Authors: Murray, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 Simon Murray
First Published:First published in Collaboration in Performance Practice: Premises, Workings, Failures: 27-50
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy
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