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Tuesday, February 13, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Kate Elswit (Royal Central School of Speech and Drama)'s new book on the interdependence of Theatre & Dance is now published in Palgrave's Theatre& series. More information is available here. Her first book, Watching Weimar Dance (OUP, 2014) received both the Oscar G. Brockett Book Prize for Dance Research and the Joe A. Callaway Prize honorable mention.

Kélina Gotman (King’s College London) is delighted to announce the publication – after more than a decade in the works – of two monographs, Essays on Theatre and Change: Towards a Poetics Of (Routledge) and Choreomania: Dance and Disorder (Studies in Dance Theory, Oxford University Press); both deal in radically different ways with questions of discipline and disciplinarity, movement, and writing. Also at work on a co-edited volume, with Tony Fisher, Theatre, Performance, Foucault!, forthcoming from Manchester University Press, and a volume on performance, translation and everyday multilingualism. Articles on Foucault, Mallarmé and others have appeared recently in parallaxTextual PracticeSubStance andPerformance Research.

Kiki Gounaridou (Smith College) is continuing her translating project for five Swiss-French post-WWII plays; the first play in the project was Isabelle Sbrissa's Crossing the Desert, published in 2015. The translation of the second play, Private Affairs, by Dominique Ziegler, a play about neoliberal politics, corruption, and the stock market, written in 2009, was published in the translation journal Metamorphoses (2017), together with an introduction on "Dominique Ziegler's Performance of Finance in Private Affairs."

Judith Hamera (Princeton University)’s latest book, Unfinished Business: Michael Jackson, Detroit, and the Figural Economy of American Deindustrialization, was published by Oxford University Press in November. Unfinished Business argues that Michael Jackson’s performances and coverage of his life, plays featuring Detroit, plans for the city’s postindustrial revitalization, and Detroit installations The Heidelberg Project and Mobile Homestead have something valuable to teach us about three decades of structural economic transition in the U.S., particularly about relationships between figurations of race and the changing nature of work and capitalism between the mid 1980s and 2016.  Judith Hamera is Professor of Dance in the Peter B. Lewis Center for the Arts, Princeton University, with affiliations in American Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Urban Studies.

Kimberly Jannarone (UC Santa Cruz) is spending the academic year at the National Humanities Center in Durham, NC, where she is the Archie K. Davis Fellow.  She published "Choreographing Freedom: Mass Performance in the Festivals of the French Revolution” in the Summer 2017 issue of TDR.  Her chapter, "Mass Performance, Outside and Inside the Democratic National Convention, August 1968" appeared in The SixtiesCenter Stage (University of Michigan Press, 2017).  She wrote on Yale Repertory Theater’s production of Happy Days with Dianne Wiest for Theatre for a New Audience (2017).  She spoke on mass performance at the Response Performance Festival, Buffalo, NY (2017).

Ed Menta (Kalamazoo College) is pleased to announce two recent publications: 1) “Directing on the Thrust Stage: The Two-Room vs. One-Room Concept” in Acting Exercises for Non-Traditional Staging: Michael Chekhov Re-Imagined by Anjalee Deshpande Hutchinson. Routledge, 2017  2) “I Finally Saw The Greek Theatres in Theatre Topics 27.2 (Summer 2017). Menta also directed Fun Home, Book & Lyrics by Lisa Kron  K'83 & Music by Jean Tesori, one of the first college productions of the musical, which was invited to perform at the KCACTF Region III Festival in Indianapolis in January '18, and which received a Certificate of Merit for Direction.

Heather Nathans (Tufts University) was honored to have been appointed the Alice and Nathan Gantcher Professor in Judaic Studies at Tufts University in November 2017. 

David Palmer (Massachusetts Maritime Academy; Emeritus) presents his anthology for BloomsburyVisions of Tragedy in Modern American Drama: From O'Neill to the Twenty-First Century, was published on February 8. It contains chapters on 17 major American playwrights and a concluding overview of American theatre during the past 25 years.

Kirsten Pullen began as Professor and Head of the Department of Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She loves her new job.

Laurence Senelick (Tufts University) published Jacques Offenbach and the Making of Modern Culture (Cambridge University Press); a translation of Georges Feydeau, From Marriage to Divorce. Five One-act Farces of Marital Discord(Broadway Play Publishing); and the chapter "Sexuality and Gender," in A Cultural History of Theatre in the Age of Empire, ed. Peter Marx (Bloomsbury).  He spoke at Davidson College on Evgeny Shvarts' The Dragon which was being performed there in his translation.  At the ASTR meeting in Atlanta he delivered a plenary presentation, "A Field Guide to Fairies. Popular imagery of gay male bodies 1870-1930."


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