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Utopia in Performance

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  07 June 2006

Abstract

The essay describes ‘utopian performatives’, which are moments of performance in which utopia is ‘done’ in the intensity of exchange between performers and spectators and among the audience. As an example, the essay discusses the performance Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, an evening of slam poetry presented by a multiracial cast for a young, unusually multiethnic audience. It describes a process of feeling together over obvious differences, inspired by an intensely present moment of theatre.

Type
Articles
Copyright
International Federation for Theatre Research 2006

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Footnotes

This article was presented as a keynote on 29 June 2005 at the IFTR conference ‘Citizen Artists: Theatre, Culture and Community’, hosted by the University of Maryland.