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ERIC Number: EJ965724
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 40
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Performance Ecologies, Biotic Rights and Retro-Modernisation
Kershaw, Baz
Research in Drama Education, v17 n2 p265-287 2012
This article is based on a paper first presented at the Performance Studies international annual conference on Performing Rights at Queen Mary, University of London, 2006. It has been rewritten specially for this themed issue of "RiDE" in light of my research following publication of "Theatre Ecology: Environments and Performance Events" in 2007. Mainly in the format of a thought experiment, it argues that the current ecological crisis of global warming could be a systemic "insanity" of planet Earth produced by a human compulsion to perform. It aims to demonstrate that finding cures for this affliction requires a radical revision of how "Homo sapiens" values human rights via complementary biotic rights inclusive of other organic species. As these rights are an aspect of ongoing global performance ecologies understood as integral to eco-systemic evolution, it becomes necessary for humans to invent refreshed ways of assessing how futures variously emerge through the natures of present and past. The article's thought experimental methods are adopted, in part, so that a few jocular analytical tropes can be treated as entirely serious. Hence it proposes that the concept "retro-modernisation" should be recycled immediately and that one of the shortest of verbal paradoxes is adopted as a motto by all eco-warriors of the dramatic, theatrical and performing arts--but it is certainly not "Be spontaneous!" (Contains 5 notes and 3 figures.)
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