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Intellect is exhibiting at the TaPRA 2022 Conference

TaPRA 2022 will take place 12-14 September at the University of Essex. More information about the conference can be found here.

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We publish a range of relevant journals, including Studies in Costume & Performance, Indian Theatre Journal, Global Hip Hop Studies, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices and many more.

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Spotlight titles



An introduction to the study and application of performance art through phenomenology for radical artists, educators and practitioner-researchers. Features exercises to activate your practice, clear introductory definitions to key phenomenological terms, and a multimodal design that lets the reader choose how to read the book. 36 illus.

Texts on and from Collaborative Multimedia Theatre
Edited by Alex Mermikides and Andy Lavender Series edited by Patrick Duggan

Collection of performance texts from the experimental theatre company Lightwork, along with short essays by key participants. Geared around collaborative creation, it covers an array of approaches including devised, multimedia and site-specific work, providing a rich resource for those making or studying contemporary performance. 20 illus.

The Early Days and Onwards

This collection brings together the most significant, influential and still current articles from Applied Theatre Researcher 2000–11, predecessor of Intellect’s Applied Theatre Research journal, with significant and substantial new material. First and foremost a critical reader for today’s applied theatre practitioners and scholars. 11 b/w illus.

Edited collection presenting an investigation of the entanglement of form and practice seen through the lens of the smallest multiple unit of collaboration: the pair. It focuses on a ten-year period in the work of Karen Christopher, alongside wider reflections on the duet as a concept in artistic and social life. 9 b/w illus. 19 col. illus.

The Performance Actuations of Alastair MacLennan, 1971–2020

Authoritative study of the Scottish born artist Alastair MacLennan who has achieved worldwide renown as a performance artist. Includes comprehensive visual documentation of his performative practice drawn extensively from his archival resources, with essays from leading national and international scholars in the field. 350 colour illustrations.   New Books Network (New Books in Art) interview with Sandra Johnston, Brian Patterson and Alastair MacLennan

Curious Methods

This book makes a major contribution to the fields of theatre and performance studies, devised performance practice and practice-based research. The authors provide a treasure trove of performance exercises that will be invaluable to performance-makers, educators and students as they develop their creative practice. 12 colour illustrations. For more information about Curious and sample exercises, please visit this page: Curious Workshop.

This anthology explores alternative and parallel influences that shape the culture of ballet. The ‘we’ of ballet is complex, encompassing individuals and communities, often marginalized, who contribute to discourses about ballet beyond the mainstream White, patriarchal, Eurocentric, heterosexual constructs of gender, race and class. 8 b/w illus.   New Books Network (New Books in Performing Arts) interview with Adesola Akinleye

These Boots Are Made for Dancing

How dance and mass movement are used as a political tool by political regimes, especially authoritarian governments, as a way of showing symbolic mass support for the regime. Such regimes require spectacle to present them as protectors of the ethnic and national identities of their subjects, represented by the costumed folk dancers. 18 b/w illus.

The Performance Work of Marilyn Arsem

An edited volume that explores the work of the innovative, experimental and internationally acclaimed performance artist Marilyn Arsem, with 200 images. She is an important contributor to the international performance community through her site-specific, one-to-one performances in alternative spaces which carry a political or feminist message.   Click here to view VestAndPage's 'HOW TO CONSIDER TIME? In conversation with Marilyn Arsem': www.vest-and-page.de/post/how-to-consider-time-in-conversation-with-marilyn-arsem    

A critical refashioning of punk to suggest it emerges from within the long-term historical experience of las Américas in all their plurality. A collage-like juxtaposition of punk perspectives from across the entire hemisphere and via divergent contributions. 71 b/w illus.   PUNK! Las Américas Edition book trailer New Books Network (New Books in Pop Culture) interview with Olga Rodríguez-Ulloa and Shane Greene

Building Bridges across Arts, Therapy, Health, Education, and Community

Edited collection presents diverse approaches in creative arts engagement, with emphasis on creativity and wellbeing in education and community development. Focussing on applied arts and health practice, research, scholarship, expressive arts therapy, community and education, it advances integrative and multimodal art-based processes. 62 b&w illus.

Devised Performance and Higher Education

Collection of essays exploring ways that theatrical devising supports and defies higher education’s institutional goals. Considering power, timelines, colonial structures, inclusion and exclusion, research, community engagement, and student learning outcomes, the authors examine devising in Canada, Australia, and Aotearoa New Zealand. 34 b&w illus.