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Devising Theatre & Performance

Curious Methods

A hands-on guide for artists, students, and teachers of devised theater, at any stage of their practice.

This book is packed with thoughtful exercises distilled from twenty-five years of interdisciplinary artist workshops and teaching devising and performance making at universities in the United States and the United Kingdom. Created and curated by Leslie Hill and Helen Paris, artists who work internationally at the interface of academia and professional practice, this collection provides exercises for devising, composing, and editing original works. The exercises are clear and accessible, enhanced with vivid examples from contemporary performance practice and relevant political contexts. Moreover, the authors offer tools for giving and receiving feedback, fostering critical reflection, and framing artistic work within academic research contexts. Hill and Paris’s compelling approach does more than merely provide performance recipes; it highlights the vital cultural relevance and potential personal impact of the creative explorations that the authors invite us to undertake.

168 pages | 10 color plates | 8 1/2 x 8 1/2


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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgements

1.         Curious Methods

2.         Pep Talk

Daily Practice

Outfoxing the Censor

Freewriting

A Time and a Place
Failing Better

3.         Working from the Body

Arrivals and Departures
Begin Again

Tongue-Tied

Body Map

Body Memory

Invisible
The Sense of Smell

Homesick

Olfactory Portraits

Fight Flight Freeze

Gut Feelings

Secret Duets

Inheritance Tracks

Family Traits and Mannerisms

Persona

Walk This Way

Building a Persona

4.         Working with Objects

Tactile Memory

Exquisite and Mundane

Inherited Objects

Box Stories

‘The Lovers’

Suitcase

5.         Working with Site

Give and Take

Ghost Library

Ghost Duets

In Search of a Gesture

You Are Here
Map Making, Three Ways

Blurring Time and Place

Things ain’t what they used to be

Best Foot Forward

Marks and Scars

Dancing Place and Space

Private, Keep Out!

Taking Up Residence

Infinitesimal Detail

Fifteen Quick Freewrites on Place

Autotopographically Speaking

Silent Stroll

Closing Thoughts

6.         Working with Pairings

Failure & Text

Desire & Proximity
Ritual & Object

7.         Activism

Manifestos

Impulse Manifesto

Make Manifest

Lending and Borrowing

Signs

Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve

On Location

Stand Up, Speak Out

Living Newspaper

Ripped from the Headlines

Re-Enactment

Choose Your Battles

Verbatim Theatre

Explosive Material – a Journalistic Exercise

Explosive Compounds – an Ethnographic Exercise

One-Minute Plays

Mix Tape

Produce, Adapt or Devise?

A Moment in History

Cross That Line

Closed Border

Open Border

Tactical Toolkit

Make a Spectacle

Reflections

8.         Production Workbook

Operating Instructions

Kick-Starting Process

Realm of Concern

I’ve always wanted to be able to …
Feathering the Nest

Look Book

Composition

Space and Composition

Dream Island

Fleshing It Out

Dancing the Dynamics

Workshopping

Index Card Storyboard

Dear Dead Darlings

Remember the Audience

Dear Audience

Feedback

Three Adjectives

Performance Response

Brief Hauntings

Companion Piece

Invited Guests

Bespoke

Cartomancy

Documentation

Pen Pal

Favourite Performance You Never Saw

9.         A Practice-Based Research Workbook

Performing Knowledges

Back Stage

Escape Velocity

Glorious Manifestations

Generative Research

Mapping Your Practice

Diagrammatic Praxis

Secret Fear

Abstractions on Secret Fears

Defining Your Dramaturgy

Signatures of Practice

Art-I-Facts

Love Letter

Artist-Scholar Family Album

Methodologies

Phenomenology

Doing a Phenomenology

Phenomenological Journal

Autoethnography

Project Descriptions in 1st and 3rd

Specialist Knowledge

Autoethnographic Journal

Keeping a Lab Notebook

Designing Bespoke PBR Exercises – Two Case Studies

Gut Feelings

UpRoot

Sowing from Seed

PBR Evaluation and Critique

Bespoke Evaluation Rubric

Amalgamated Evaluation Rubric

Bibliography and Further Reading

Index

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