Lecture 1: Introduction – The Body in Performance – Dr. Pavlos Kontouriotis

Delivery Date: 16.09.2019 | lecturer: Dr. Pavlos Kontouriotis

This introductory lecture will focus on establishing a base for departure for a research on the ideas behind body performances.

What is performance? / What are performance studies? / How can the theatrical paradigm explain the social conditions? / What do we mean by the term “body” and how does the body perform? / What is the purpose of Live/Body Art (to shock?) ? / What is the necessity of the Explicit Body in Performance?

Introductory Reading

Schechner, R. (2002). Performance studies: An introduction. London: Routledge. pp. 28- 51 | summary: https://korinakordova.wordpress.com/performance-studies-an-introduction-richard-schechner/

Compulsory Reading

Jones, A. (1998). Body Art: performing the subject, Minneapolis: University of Minnesota. pp. 1- 20 | summary: https://korinakordova.wordpress.com/body-art-performing-the-subject-amelia-jones/

Heathfield, A. (2004). Alive. In A. Heathfield (ed.) Live: art and performance, London: Tate Publishing. pp. 6-15 | summary: https://korinakordova.wordpress.com/alive-by-adrian-heathfield/

Kountouriotis, P.(2012) Notes on the necessity of the explicit body in performance. In: Performance Festival. State Museum of Contemporary Art, Thessaloniki | summary: https://korinakordova.wordpress.com/notes-on-the-necessity-of-the-explicit-body-in-performance-by-pavlos-kontouriotis/

Keywords and names: https://korinakordova.wordpress.com/lecture-1-keywords-and-names/

Recommended Reading

Blackman, L. (2008). Key Concepts: The Body. Oxford: Berg. Pp. 37-58. Striff, E. (2003). Introduction: Locating Performance Studies. In E. Striff (ed.), Performance Studies. Readers in cultural criticism. New York: Palgrave McMillan. pp. 1-13

Turner, V. (1987). The Anthropology of Performance. In Victor Turner (comp), The Anthropology of Performance. PAJ Publications: New York. Retrieved from : http://erikapaterson08.pbworks.com/f/Antrophology%20of%20performance(2).pdf

Bial, H. (2004). The performance studies reader. London: Routledge. 5-75 (with articles by R. Schechner, W.B. Worthen, J. McKenzie, S. Jackson, B. Kirschenblatt- Gimblett, E. Goffman, C. Geertz, M. Carlson, N. Gabler)

Notes: https://korinakordova.wordpress.com/notes-lecture-1-introduction-the-body-in-performance/