Dorota Dutsch, Classics (email@example.com)
Suk-Young Kim, Theater and Dance (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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This group brings together faculty and graduate students from numerous disciplines who share an interest in questions of performance. Banning together under the popular moniker “performance studies,” this group enacts the historical convergence of disciplines that has long characterized this dynamic field. In addition to its interdisciplinary, the field of performance studies is known for fostering an intercultural dialogue among actors, directors, playwrights, and scholars that has been fundamental to the development of new approaches to the analysis of ethnicity, gender, national identities, and global issues. One story of origin says performance studies was the child of a collaboration between theatre scholar Richard Schechner and anthropologist Victor Turner. Turner’s book From Ritual to Theatre (1982) and Schechner’s Between Theater and Anthropology (1985) are inaugural texts in an interdisciplinary conversation notable for its porousness. Among the questions performance studies asks are: How is “performance” a more inclusive term than “theatre” or “drama” to describe a range of human behaviors across cultures? How can the methodological tools and theoretical frameworks from ethnomusicology, theatre, sociology, literature, and anthropology help us to understand a variety of activities, from ritual and theatre to judicial trials, sporting events, social protest, and performance art? How can performance studies embrace the practice of live performance, which is itself as a mode of understanding and research? The Performance Studies Group at UCSB presents seminars, lectures and events in this emergent field.