Performing Exile (Book)

Foreign Bodies

Edited by Judith Rudakoff

Bringing together a range of perspectives to examine the full impact of political, socio-economic, or psychological experiences of exile, Performing Exile presents an inclusive mix of voices from varied cultural and geographic affiliations. The collected essays in this book focus on live performances that were inspired by living in exile. Chapters blend close critical analysis and ethnography to document and interrogate performances and the contexts that inform them. In a world where exiled populations continue to grow, the role of art to document and engage with these experiences will continue to be essential, and this diverse book offers an important model for understanding the rich body of work being created today.  

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, Performing Exile. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License and is part of Knowledge Unlatched.

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Bringing together a range of perspectives to examine the full impact of political, socio-economic, or psychological experiences of exile, Performing Exile: Foreign Bodies presents an inclusive mix of voices from varied cultural and geographic affiliations. The collected essays in this book focus on live performances that were inspired by living in exile. Chapters blend close critical analysis and ethnography to document and interrogate performances and the contexts that inform them. 

In a world where exiled populations continue to grow, the role of art to document and engage with these experiences will continue to be essential, and this diverse book offers an important model for understanding the rich body of work being created today.

A PDF version of this book is available for free in open access via the OAPEN Library platform, Performing Exile. It has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License and is part of Knowledge Unlatched.

Judith Rudakoff is professor of theater at York University in Toronto, Canada.

I. Introduction 

 

II. A Theoretical Primer on Exile: On the Paradigms of Banishment, Displacement, and Free Choice 

 

III. The Essays

Chapter 1: Theatre, Reconciliation, and the American Dream in Greater Cuba 

 

Chapter 2: Three Angry Australians: A Reflexive Approach 

 

Chapter 3: Exilic Solo Performances: Staging Body in a Movement/Logos Continuum

 

Chapter 4: Foreign Bodies in the Performance Art of Jorge Rojas: Cultural Encounters from Ritual to Satire

 

Chapter 5: Lingering Cultural Memory and Hyphenated Exile 

 

Chapter 6: Carrying My Grandmother’s Drum: Dancing the Home Within 

 

Chapter 7: Blood Red: Rebecca Belmore’s Vigil of Exile 

 

Chapter 8: Yaffa Mish Yaffa (Yaffa Is No Longer Yaffa) From Diaspora to Homeland: Returning to Yaffa by Boat

 

Chapter 9: Belonging and Absence: Resisting the Division 

 

Chapter 10: Caryatid Unplugged: A Cabaret on Performing and Negotiating Belonging and Otherness in Exile

 

Chapter 11: Exile Builds Performance: A Critical Analysis of Performing Satirical Images across Cultures through Media

 

Chapter 12: Resignifying Multilingualism in Accented Canadian Theatre 

 

Anyone interested in exilic performance will be enriched, educated and entertained. [...] This manuscript makes a significant contribution to the scholarship on immigrant, multicultural and exilic performance.

Cynthia Ashperger, School of Performance, Ryerson University
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