This succinct and engaging text rethinks the common wisdom that festivals, sites of collective celebration and play, provide a temporary reprieve from the grind of everyday, 'real' life. Keren Zaiontz explores the ways in which cultural performances of resistance that have their basis in festivals can migrate to other contexts, making festivals as much the domain of free markets and state power as that of vanguard artists and progressive social movements.
Accessible and affordable, this is an ideal resource for theatre students and lovers everywhere.
- Brings classical theatre theory texts into conversation with a range of contemporary examples
- Looks at performing arts festivals as well as World Expos and Olympic Games, sporting events, LGBTQ Pride Parades, and mass protests
- Covers a range of key case studies, including Burning Man, the Edinburgh Fringe, and Nuit Blanche
Introduction.- 1. The Myth of Opposition.- 2. Play and Practicality
3. The Festival in the Marketplace
Further Reading.- Index.
From mega and macro to micro and manifestivals, Theatre & Festivals insightfully probes the social and cultural work performed by these all-pervasive celebratory events. – Ric Knowles, University of Guelph, Canada
Zaiontz sweeps us right into the brimming intersectionalities of theatre makers and festival wanderers, to the bounded event and its unruly edges. – Angela Marino, UC Berkeley, USA
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- The Exam Skills Handbook Stella Cottrell
- Contemporary Britain John McCormick
- Media and Everyday Life Tim Markham
- Understanding Film Theory Ruth Doughty, Christine Etherington-Wright
- Theatre and Sexuality Jill Dolan, Tim Miller
- Theatre and Politics Joe Kelleher
- Theatre and Dance Kate Elswit
- Theatre and Festivals Keren Zaiontz
- Sex, Suffrage and the Stage Leslie Hill
- Theatre and Audience Lois Weaver, Helen Freshwater
- Theatre Management Anthony Rhine
- Theatre and Feminism Kim Solga