What happens to live performance over time? Can it develop a patina, as claimed by at least one major art curator? Are intervals between or among performances part of a work itself, like skin or film that grows in the cracks of a work? Or is performance itself a kind of patination process? In short, can liveness be finished?
What Happened; or, Finishing Live
Rebecca Schneider is Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies at Brown University. She is the author of The Explicit Body in Performance (l997); Performing Remains: Art and War in Times of Theatrical Reenactment (2011), and Theatre & History (2014) and editor and author of many anthologies, essays, journal special issues, and book series.
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Rebecca Schneider; What Happened; or, Finishing Live. Representations 1 November 2016; 136 (1): 96–111. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/rep.2016.136.1.96
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