• Man taking a photograph
  • Tube of black pain made to look like an oil spill
  • Flyposted mattress
  • Black and white photo of a foot being washed in a silver bowl
  • Performer sticking their head in a plastic bucket

Performance Research

Researching performance, anticipating tendencies, mapping practices, documenting processes, stimulating inquiry, performing research.

Since 1996 Performance Research has set a precedent that has become standard for thematic and cross-disciplinary ways of bringing together the varied materials of artistic and theoretical research in the expanded field of performance. Working closely with designers, artists, academics, theorists, performance practitioners and writers Performance Research resists disconnected, disembodied, and disinterested forms of scholarship. We prefer instead the possibilities of imagining the journal as a dynamic space of performance that produces inspiring conversations, unlikely connections, and curious confluences. Our emphasis on contemporary performance arts within changing cultures and technologies is reflected in the interdisciplinary vision and international scope of the journal. Performance Research continues to combine writings and works for the page in an interplay of analysis, anecdote, polemic and criticism; interweaving the oblique with the conflicting, the pivotal with the resistant, and the eclectic with the indispensable.

The Journal

Performance Research is an independent, peer-reviewed journal published by Routledge Journals, Taylor & Francis Ltd for ARC, a division of the Centre for Performance Research Ltd, an educational charity limited by guarantee.

Performance Research is a specialist journal that aims to promote a dynamic interchange between scholarship and practice in the expanding field of performance. Interdisciplinary in vision and international in scope, its emphasis is on contemporary performance arts within changing cultures.

Performance Research was founded in 1995 by Ric Allsopp, Richard Gough and Claire MacDonald.

Current Issue

Volume 18 Issue 5

On Writing & Digital Media

Front cover of Performance Research: Volume 18 Issue 5 - On Writing & Digital Media

Forthcoming

Volume 18 Issue 6

On Ice

Volume 19 Issue 1

On Abjection

Volume 19 Issue 2

On Affirmation