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What does the structureless of shock look like?

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You can't impose structure on shock, can you? Continue

Bishop and Bourriaud

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Claire Bishop's book, Artificial Hells, provides a useful resource to engage with a set of works in performance of relevance to studio practice today. I am uploading my notes on the the first pages…Continue

Claire Bishop and Nicholas Bourriaud

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Claire Bishop's book, Artificial Hells, provides a useful resource to engage with a set of works in performance of relevance to studio practice today. I am uploading my notes on the the first pages…Continue

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Nowhere Near London (or, The Late Walter Benjamin)

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is to be given its premiere in the main auditorium at theWatford Palace Theatre on Monday, July 4th, 7.30pmsee …Continue

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MA Performance

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Dear all

Liverpool Hope University is now accepting applications for its new postgraduate programme in performance. I would appreciate if you could pass this information to any graduates who might be interested.

This MA programme offers an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective on contemporary performance practice and research. It is primarily addressed to practitioners, curators and researches interested in performance as an expanded field of cultural and critical…


OPEN CALL: Symposium Performance Philosophy School of Athens II

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Athens, 23-24 September 2017

Performance Philosophy School of Athens II, is a two-day symposium, organised by Stefania Mylona and Stella Dimitrakopoulou, in association with the Performance Philosophy network. This year will focus on Performance Dance, performances of all kinds that stand in-between dance and performance art or more broadly the visual arts world. The symposium…



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Object art is entirely processual and performative. No object preexists a perspective, a context and a participant-observer. The object post-object was not has been turned on its head, and turned inside out. A site dedicated to second order observation.…


Notes on Performance art, the Body and the Political.pdf

Posted by Andrea Pagnes (VestAndPage) on March 12, 2017 at 15:54 0 Comments

For anyone interested, I have linked on my page profile at the voice 'texts' my curatorial and post event catalogue text of the 2nd Live art exhibition project Venice International Performance Art Week: Ritual Body-Political Body (Venice, 2014).


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The current version of the Performance Philosophy bibliography (which appears on the 'TEXTS' page of this website) is very much a work in progress.

As it stands, it is clearly very partial and heavily dominated by Anglophone texts.

All members of Performance and Philosophy are warmly invited to propose new entries and new categories for entries to the bibliography by adding them to this forum thread.

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Artaud, Antonin (1958) The Theatre and Its Double, trans. Mary Caroline Richards (New York, NY: Grove Press)


Blau, Herbert (1980) ‘Theatre and History: A Conspiracy Theory’, Performing Arts Journal, Vol. 5, No. 1, pp. 9-24


Carson, Anne (2005) Decreation: Poetry, Essays, Opera (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf)


Diderot, Denis (1957) The Paradox of Acting (New York: Hill and Wang)


Foreman, Richard (1975) ‘Ontological-Hysteric Theatre: Third Manifesto’, The Drama Review: TDR, Vol.19, No.4, pp. 71-81


Golub, Spencer (2001) Infinity (Stage) (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press)


Jordan, Peter (2001) ‘The materiality of shamanism as a “world-view”: Praxis, artefacts and landscape’, in Price, N. (ed.) The Archaeology of Shamanism (London and New York: Routledge), pp. 187-205.


Ley, Graham (Autumn 2000) ‘Aristotle’s Poetics, Bharatamuni’s Natyasastra, and Zeami’s Treatises: Theory as Discourse’, Asian Theatre Journal, Vol. 17, No.2, pp. 191-214


Miller, Barbara Stoler (ed.) (1984) Theater of Memory: The Plays of Kalidasa (New York, NY: Columbia University Press)


Ueda, Makoto (1995) ‘Zeami and the Art of the No Drama: Imitation, Yugen, and Sublimity’, in Japanese Aesthetics and Culture: A Reader, Hume, N. (ed.) (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press), pp. 177-193


Weber, Samuel (2004) Theatricality as Medium (New York: Fordham University Press)


Shakespeare and philosophy


Cavell, Stanley (1996) ‘Macbeth Appalled’, in The Cavell Reader, Mulhall, S. (ed.) (Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers, Inc.), pp. 197-220


Aristotle and Performance


Aristotle, The Poetics


Golden, Leon (1992) Aristotle on Tragic and Comic Mimesis (Atlanta, Georgia: Scholars Press)


Badiou and performance


Badiou, Alan (2005) ‘Theses on Theater’, in Handbook of Inaesthetics, trans. Alberto Toscano (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press), pp. 72-78


Brecht and philosophy


Robinson, Douglas (November 2007) ‘The Spatiotemporal Dialectic of Estrangement’, TDR, Vol. 51, No. 4, pp. 121-132


Derrida and performance


Derrida, Jacques (1998) ‘Economimesis’, in The Derrida Reader: Writing Performances, Wolfreys, J. (ed.) (Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press), pp. 263-294


Jucan, Ioana (2012) ‘Losing the Temper of Reason: Self-reflections Out of Time’, Parallax, Vol.18, No.2, pp. 3-16


Nietzsche and performance


Nietzsche, Friedrich, The Birth of Tragedy: Out of the Spirit of Music


Plato and Performance


Nightingale, Andrea Wilson (1995) Genres in Dialogue: Plato and the Construct of Philosophy (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press)


Plato, ‘Book VII’, ‘Book X’, in The Republic


Phenomenology and performance


Rayner, Alice (1994) To Act, To Do, To Perform: Drama and the Phenomenology of Action (Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press)


Thanks Ioana - this is really helpful!

A bit confused by what is and isn't in this bibliography right now, but think I'm adding new things.  If any repeats, apologies in advance.  Hope it's not too bold to also add my unpublished PaR PhD thesis, but because it directly relates - indeed addresses in its entirety this subject - thought it was relevant....

Bibiliography additions:

Barclay, Julia Lee (2009) Apocryphal Theatre: practicing philosophies, Ph.D. thesis, Northampton, UK: University of Northampton.

Barthes, Roland (1977) Image Music Text, trans. Stephen Heath, London: Fontana Press.

Bleeker, Maaike (2009) ‘Thinking through Theatre’ in Deleuze and Performance, ed. Laura Cull, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 147-160.

Brecht, Bertolt (1987) Brecht on Theatre, ed. and trans. John Willett, London: Methuen.

Cage, John (1973) Silence, London: Calder and Boyars.

Chaikin, Joseph (1984) Presence of the Actor, New York: Atheneum.

Foreman, Richard (1992) Unbalancing Acts: Foundations for a Theater, New York: Theatre Communications Group.

Grotowski, Jerzy (1984) Towards a Poor Theatre, ed. Eugenio Barba, London: Methuen.

Kantor, Tadeusz (1993) A Journey Through Other Spaces: Essays and Manifestos, 1944-1990, ed. and trans. Michael Kobialka, Berkeley, Los Angeles and London: University of California Press.

Melrose, Susan (2005) ‘Words Fail Me’, keynote address, Centre for Performance Research:

______ (2005a) ‘Out of Words’, keynote address, Centre for the History and Analysis of Recorded Music:

Thanks everyone. I've added all these suggestions to the main bibliography here: 

Do keep suggesting additions.


Hi - it would be great to add my book to this list:

Performance in the Blockades of Neoliberalism: Thinking the Political Anew 

by Maurya Wickstrom

(Badiou, Ranciere, Agamben)

I'd like to suggest a few sources to the phenomenology section:

Butler, Judith. “Perfomative Acts and Gender Constitution: An Essay in Phenomenology and Feminist Theory.” Performing Feminisms: Feminist Critical Theory and Theatre. Ed. Sue-Ellen Chase, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, (1990): 270-282.

Farleigh, Sondra. “A Vulnerable Glance: Seeing Dance through Phenomenology.” Dance Research Journal, 23.1, (1991): 11-16.

Heidegger, Martin. “The Age of the World Picture”. In The Question Concerning Technology and Other Essays. NewYork: Harper & Row, 1977.

Jones, Amelia. Body/Art: Performing the Subject. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1998.

Kosel, Susan. Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2007

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice. “The intertwining—the Chiasm.” In The Visible and the Invisible. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1968.

Rayner, Alice. Ghosts: Death's Double and the Phenomena of Theatre. Minneapolis: U. of Minnesota P., 2006.

Shephard, Simon. Theatre, Body and Pleasure. London and New York: Routledge, 2006.

Silverstein, Marc. ““Body-Presence”: Cixous's Phenomenology of Theater.” Theatre Journal, 43.4, (Dec., 1991): 507-516.

Wilshire, Bruce. Role Playing and Identity: The Limits of Theatre as Metaphor. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1982.

Harper, Adam (2011) Infinite Music (Winchester: Zero Books).

And by way of an afterthought;

Buchanan, Ian & Marcel Swiboda (eds) (2006) Deleuze and Music.  Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

There are certainly performance issues amongst the contributions.

An addition as a category: Transversal Theory

Reynolds, Bryan (2009) Transversal Subjects from Montaigne to Deleuze after Derrida. 



  1. L’Affaire du sac de chez Lancel (1979)
  2. Les Cubes
  3. Dialogue entre Thérèse et Ugo
  4. Dialogue théâtral entre Elodie, Robinson et Arsinoé
  5. Dialogue théâtral entre Toc, Tric et Mistrac
  6. Ding
  7. Le Maître de lune (1985-1986)
  8. La Nuit, la fin des moyens (1990)
  9. Parménide
  10. Psyche ville morte (1985-1986)
  11. Socrate (1985-1986). Version remaniée par Enzo Cormann en 1988. Traduction anglaise de Socrates, in Deleuze Studies, « Félix Guattari in the Age of Semiocapitalism : Twenty Years After », n° spécial, Edinburgh University Press, juin 2012. Traduction Solène Nicolas, introduction Flore Garcin-Marrou.
  12. Visa le noir tua le blanc (1985-1986)

Travaux critiques

  • Le Cirque invisible, Les Cahiers du Rond-Point, n° 11 et 12, RMB édition, 2007.
  • ADRIEN, Philippe, « L’improvisation », revue Chimères, n° 7, 1988.
  • CORMANN, Enzo, « Comme sans y penser », revue Chimères, n° 23, été 1994, p. 23-31. _ « La boîte à outils », Le Spectateur européen, revue du Théâtre national de l’Odéon, janvier-février 1993, repris dans À quoi sert le théâtre ?, Besançon, Les Solitaires intempestifs, 2003, p. 39-44.  _ « La grande ritournelle », Le Monde, 08/07/1993, repris dans À quoi sert le théâtre ?, Besançon, Les Solitaires intempestifs, 2003, p. 45-48.  _ Les Rêves de Franz Kafka, d’après F. Guattari, l’Avant-Scène Théâtre, n° 756, octobre 1984. _ « Schizo-théâtre », puis sous le titre « Sous une jupe de velours noir (les dessous du théâtre », revue Chimères, n° 3, Paris, automne 1987.
  • DOSSE, François, Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari. Biographie croisée, Paris, La Découverte, 2009.
  • GARCIN-MARROU, Flore, « Félix Guattari : théâtre et clinique », journée d’études des doctorants du Centre de Recherche sur l’Histoire du théâtre, Paris-Sorbonne, 16/05/2009. _ « Gilles Deleuze et Félix Guattari : théâtre et pensée », colloque jeunes chercheurs « Arts et connaissances », Université Paris Saint-Denis, 17/11/2010. [Conférence non publiée] _ « Gilles Deleuze, Félix Guattari and theatre, or philosophy and its..., (13/07/2010), Third International Deleuze Studies, Amsterdam, 12-14 juillet 2010 ; paru dans la revue Trahir, septembre 2011. _ « L’influence du théâtre japonais sur la pensée et le théâtre de Félix Guattari », revue Coulisses, n° 39, Université de Franche-Comté, 2010. _ « Le théâtre de Félix Guattari : une genèse dramatique à partir de son oeuvre philosophique », colloque international « Parcours de génétique théâtrale : du laboratoire d’écriture à la scène », Université de Lisbonne, Portugal, 10/12/2009. [non publié] _ « Le théâtre de Félix Guattari en position d’irrespect face à sa philosophie ? », colloque « Dynamiques de l’irrespect, entre idéalisme et nihilisme », Université Toulouse le Mirail, 07/05/2009.
  • THIBAUDAT, Jean-Pierre, « Varsovie, printemps 1984 », Libération, 1984.

Hopefully it is not too self-serving to mention it, but my book on reception theory via epistemological debates is quite applicable to the Performance Philosophy Bibliography:

Michael Y. Bennett, Words, Space, and the Audience: The Theatrical Tension between Empiricism and Rationalism (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).

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