Performance Research Volume 19 Issue 2

On Affirmation

Issue editors: Catherine Silverstone and Fintan Walsh

ISSN: 1352-8165 (2014) 19:2

This special issue of Performance Research invites contributions that consider relationships between affirmation and performance. We think of affirmation as an act or a gesture, e.g., a round of applause or a standing ovation; an iteration or an appraisal, e.g., a vow or a review; and as an affect or a field of affects that supports and mobilizes certain behaviours, events and ways of being.

Editorial : On Affirmation

Catherine Silverstone, Fintan Walsh

pp. 1 - 3

The Infinitude of Thought in Precarious Form : Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument

Maurya Wickstrom

pp. 4 - 13

The Affirmation of ‘Life’ Beyond Governance : Performance art that resists citizenship under austerity

Sandra D'Urso

pp. 14 - 24

‘Do we have a show for you? Yes, we have got a show for you!’ : Sexual harassment, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN and the (re)appraisal of postmodern irony

Sarah Gorman

pp. 25 - 34

Clerical Betrayal and Christian Affirmation

Joshua Edelman

pp. 35 - 43

Audience Affirmation and the Labour of Professional Wrestling

Broderick D. V. Chow, Eero Laine

pp. 44 - 53

Affirmation and Disidentification : The labour of performing ‘brand India’

Ameet Parameswaran

pp. 54 - 62

Affirmative Antinomies of Naturalist and Realist Theatre

Eve Katsouraki

pp. 63 - 73

‘A Sacred Affirmation’ : Immanent performativity and Gilles Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition

David Fancy

pp. 74 - 83

Mathematical Resonances in the Architecture of Goat Island's The Lastmaker

Piotr Woycicki

pp. 84 - 93

Ruach : An interactive performance

Brian Lobel

pp. 94 - 97

Splat! : Death, mess, failure and ‘blue-balling’

The Famous, Lauren Barri Holstein

pp. 98 - 102

Yoko Ono’s Dreams : The power of positive wishing

Kevin Concannon

pp. 103 - 108

‘You’re funnier when you’re angry’ : Affirmation, responsibility and commitment in David Hoyle’s live performance practice

Daniel Oliver

pp. 109 - 115

The Minute Interventions of Stewart Lee : The affirmative conditions of possibility in comedy, repetition and affect

Scott Sharpe, J-D Dewsbury, Maria Hynes

pp. 116 - 125

Theft, Contestation and Affirmation in Contemporary Czech Theatre : Krepsko’s Ukradené ovace (The Stolen Ovation)

Becka McFadden

pp. 126 - 134

What Feminists Do When Things Get Ruff (review)

Kim Solga

pp. 135 - 137

Quietly Posthuman : Oriza Hirata’s robot-theatre (review)

Francesca Spedalieri

pp. 138 - 140

Notes on Contributors

pp. 141 - 142