Performing Ruins

Murray, S. (2020) Performing Ruins. Series: Performing landscapes. Palgrave Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9783030406424

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As part of the new series 'Performing Landscapes' (eds: Dee Heddon & Sally Mackey) this book examines the varying ways in which performance (theatre, dance, music and live art) have engaged with sites of ruin and ruination. The book will consider how extant drama has used the ruin and ruination as a theme or backdrop for the narrative and, alternatively, how ruins have hosted live performance. The book will identify tropes of 'ruin performance' from re-enactments through to devised work which engages with the history of the ruin in question as an act of witness to its past. The book will contain as an on-going case study the NVA's imaginative, educational and creative work within the site of the high modernist ruin of St Peter's Seminary near Glasgow. The book also contains contextual chapters on current academic preoccupations with ruin and ruination and how other art forms have engaged with ruins over the centuries.

Item Type:Books
Keywords:Ruins, ruination, site-specific, theatre, performance, live art, Beckett, forced entertainment, witness.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murray, Dr Simon
Authors: Murray, S.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan

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