Performance Research Volume 23 Issue 6

On Generosity

Issue editors: Laurie Beth Clark & Michael Peterson

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2018) 23:6

On Generosity offers critical examinations of the ethics and practices of generosity, as well as generosity’s inherent performativity. Without recourse to a naïve faith in its potential, but also without devolving into cynicism about its limits, this volume takes a fresh look at how generosity appears in performance and how generosity is performed. Contributors analyse practices and discourses of generosity in political and economic interventions, in everyday life, in social practice art and as represented in theatrical performances. Generosity is considered as a performative relation, and the volume includes enquiries into the generosity and generativity that may lie at the heart of performance itself. This is amplified in a special showcase section, ‘Cabinet of Generosities’, which proliferates examples of performance works that engage generosity as practice and as theme.


Laurie Beth Clark, Michael Peterson

pp. 1 - 6

A Rhapsody For You

Helen Paris

pp. 7 - 11

To Offer/To Exchange : A conversation

Lauren van Haaften-Schick, Charles Simonds

pp. 12 - 19

Toxic Colonialism and the Gesture of Generosity

Jisha Menon

pp. 20 - 24

To Be Undone

Patrick Anderson

pp. 25 - 34

Whole Parts : On rupture and the other side of generosity [artists' pages]

Jeannine Shinoda

pp. 35 - 39

Have I Done Enough? : Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton’s culture of generosity

Laura MacDonald

pp. 40 - 49

Performing Philanthropy from Andrew Carnegie to Bill Gates

Alisa Zhulina

pp. 50 - 57

Radical Care : Performative generosity and generativity in Third Theatre

Jane Turner, Patrick Campbell

pp. 58 - 64

Assister au Spectacle [artists' pages]

Julia-Kristina Bauer, Carl Lavery

pp. 65 - 68

The Gift of Cake : Baking together in performance

Jenny Lawson

pp. 69 - 73

Even Better than the Real Thing : Economies of ontological authenticity in socially engaged art practice

Ciaran Smyth

pp. 74 - 79

Performing Labour’s (Non)Futures : Universal basic income and the monetary imagination

Christian Riley Nagler

pp. 80 - 89

Contagion as Method : Generating stages of enunciation

Anyely Marín Cisneros, Rebecca Close

pp. 90 - 92

Cabinet of Generosities (cont)

Clara Rocha

pp. 93 - 120

Cabinet of Generosities (cont.)

Rebecca Ann Hobbs, Nick Kline, Tomaž Krpič, Kirsty Máté, Kirsty Máté, Walmeri Ribeiro, Arianna Richardson

pp. 93 - 120

Cabinet of Generosities

Cristiane Bouger, Joseph Connelly, Carolyn Defrin, Mark Flisher, Mark Flisher, Richard Gough, Mark Harvey

pp. 93 - 120

Letter to the Editors [artists’ pages]

Mick Douglas, Amaara Raheem

pp. 121 - 124

Notes on Contributors

pp. 125 - 126