Performance Research Volume 20 Issue 5

On Repetition

Issue editors: Eirini Kartsaki and Theron Schmidt

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2015) 20:5

‘The love of repetition is in truth the only happy love,’ wrote Søren Kierkegaard in 1843 in the guise of Constantin Constantius, describing his attempt to relive a love affair that was always-already lost. But to love repetition is to love impossibility and paradox, and a number of these contrary impulses are foregrounded in On Repetition: between originality and repeatability, between boredom and excitement, and between the now of performance and the longed-for not yet or never again.  Explored in relation to ritual, protest, gender, and trauma, as well as dance, theatre, and performance, this issue combines perspectives from artists and scholars; and, as to attend to repetition is to attend to the form of writing itself, it encourages textual interventions that blur the lines between the two. 

Editorial : On Repetition

Eirini Kartsaki , Theron Schmidt

pp. 1 - 3

Some people will do anything to keep themselves from being moved

Theron Schmidt

pp. 4 - 9

Repetition Compulsion: How I learned to love doing it again

Rachel Gomme

pp. 10 - 11

To be Re-Bitten and to Re-Become : Examining repeated embodied acts in ritual performance

Jerri Daboo

pp. 12 - 21

Silence and Alterity in a Recitation of the Qur’an

Christopher Braddock

pp. 22 - 29

A Professional Body : Remembering, repeating and working out masculinities in fin-de-siècle physical culture

Broderick D. V. Chow

pp. 30 - 41

Queer Tools : An Intervention

Stacy Holman Jones, Anne Harris

pp. 42 - 43

Repeating Repetition : Trauma and performance

Suzanne Little

pp. 44 - 50

Restaging the anxiety of the image

Adrian Kear

pp. 51 - 62

Staging an Exilic Autobiography : On the pleasures and frustrations of repetitions and returns

Natasha Davis, Yana Meerzon

pp. 63 - 69

24 Frames in Commemoration of You : The matter and material I always return to in my studio

Sheila Ghelani

pp. 70 - 71

Always in Translation : A walking dialogue

Mary Paterson, Rajni Shah

pp. 72 - 80

Body Not Fit For Purpose

Jonathan Burrows

pp. 81 - 86

Live Forever / In fragments, to begin …

Tim Etchells

pp. 87 - 95

Repetition Is Repetition Is Until It Isn't: DO THE FLIP

Andrew Poppy

pp. 96 - 97

Repeating Rosas danst Rosas : On the transmission of dance knowledge

Laura Karreman

pp. 98 - 107

Fictional Realness : Towards a colloquial performance practice

Owen G. Parry

pp. 108 - 115

Re-Turning to The Show : Repetition and the construction of spaces of decision, affect and creative possibility

Katerina Paramana

pp. 116 - 124

Circular Paths of Pleasure in Marco Berrettini’s iFeel2

Eirini Kartsaki

pp. 125 - 131

Palinode of Glass

Matthew Goulish

pp. 132 - 133

Joy in Repetition : Critical genealogies of musical minimalism

Nicholas Till

pp. 134 - 137

On Repetition in Ragnar Kjartansson and The National’s A Lot of Sorrow

Patrick Nickleson

pp. 138 - 140

Notes on Contributors

pp. 141 - 142