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Performing Ice


Philpott, C and Leane, E and Delbridge, M, Performing Ice, Palgrave Macmillan, London, pp. 238. ISBN 978-3-0304-7387-7 (2020) [Edited Book]

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DOI: doi:10.1007/978-3-030-47388-4


In the Anthropocene, icy environments have taken on a new centrality and emotional valency. This book examines the diverse ways in which ice and humans have performed with and alongside each other over the last few centuries, so as to better understand our entangled futures. Icescapes glaciers, bergs, floes, ice shelves are places of paradox. Solid and weighty, they are nonetheless always on the move, unstable, untrustworthy, liable to collapse, overturn, or melt. Icescapes have featured indeed, starred in conventional theatrical performances since at least the eighteenth century. More recently, the performing arts site-specific or otherwise have provoked a different set of considerations of human interactions with these non-human objects, particularly as concerns over anthropogenic warming have mounted. The performances analysed in the book range from the theatrical to the everyday, from the historical to the contemporary, from low-latitude events in interior spaces to embodied encounters with the frozen environment.

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Item Type:Edited Book
Keywords:nature, space, scenography, musicology, performance art, Anthropocene, ice, icescape, landscape, Scandinavia
Research Division:Creative Arts and Writing
Research Group:Other creative arts and writing
Research Field:Other creative arts and writing not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Arts
Objective Field:Arts not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Philpott, C (Dr Carolyn Philpott)
UTAS Author:Leane, E (Professor Elizabeth Leane)
ID Code:111755
Year Published:2020
Deposited By:School of Creative Arts and Media
Deposited On:2016-10-05
Last Modified:2021-02-02

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