In this book, Erika Fischer-Lichte traces the emergence of performance as 'an art event' in its own right. In setting performance art on an equal footing with the traditional art object, she heralds a new aesthetics. The peculiar mode of experience that a performance provokes - blurring distinctions between artist and audience, body and mind, art and life - is here framed as the breeding ground for a new way of understanding performing arts, and through them even wider social and cultural processes. With an introduction by Marvin Carlson, this translation of the original AEsthetik des Performativen addresses key issues in performance art, experimental theatre and cultural performances to lay the ground for a new appreciation of the artistic event.
'Wonderfully erudite, clear and concise.' - Maria Shevtsova, Goldmsiths College, Univerisity of London, UK 'A major reference work for debates on theatre theory, performance, and methodology. Written by one of the foremost representatives of the field of theatre studies.' - Hans-Thies Lehmann, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat, Frankfurt, Germany Fisher-Lichte's analysis is extremely thorough, and the volume contains a fantastic series of references and examples. Fisher-Lichte does not simply apply theories from other disciplines, but allows a theory to emerge from performance itself. For these reasons, despite its drawbacks, I would recommend this volume to any scholar of theatre currently hung up to hermeneutics.' - Broderick D.V.Chow, Performance Ethos, Brunel University