- Subject index
The SAGE Handbook of Performance Studies brings together, in a single volume, reviews of the major research in performance studies and identifies directions for further investigation. It is the only comprehensive collection on the theories, methods, politics, and practices of performance relating to life and culture. Edited by D. Soyini Madison and Judith Hamera, this Handbook serves scholars and students across the disciplines by delineating the scope of the field, the critical and interpretive methods used, and the theoretical and ethical presumptions that guide work in this exciting and growing area.
Chapter 12: On the Bias: From Performance of Literature to Performance Composition∗
On the Bias: From Performance of Literature to Performance Composition∗
Every pattern piece bears markings that together constitute a “sign language,” indispensable to … every stage [of the process]…. Note all symbols carefully…. Some pertain to alteration.
[Blinds, a platform with stairs, and a bathtub. A seamstress is sewing as the audience enters. Lights fade to black. Lights rise on the seamstress and then the full stage as seven women enter from upstage with pieces of fabric. One woman, Girl Friday, has paper. The women position themselves across the stage, Girl Friday in the tub. In various rhythms, the women rip, tear, rend the fabric… and the paper. ...