Performance (fwd)

Hugh W. Jarvis (hjarvis@ACSU.BUFFALO.EDU)
Wed, 13 Dec 1995 16:58:46 -0500

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Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 15:06:50 +0000 (GMT)
From: S.E. Rostas <>
Subject: Performance

I am currently working on performance, teaching committments permitting.

I am writing a book, funded by the Leverhulme Foundation, on the
Concheros (of Mexico). These are people who perform a (religios) circle
dance and hold all night vigils. By means of their dances they aim to
'recreate' the Aztec past. Their dance thus has to do with invented
ethnicity, a search for identity and proto-nationalism. Their
performances fall somewhere between ritual and theatre. Little has been
published about them to date and although my book will be primarily
ethnographic, one of its analytical focii will be on performance.

Although many journal articles use the term 'performance' in their title,
it is sometime since I came across any new theoretical literature on the
topic. A few years ago I used both Schechner & Appel's book 'By Means of
Performance' and Turner & Bruner's 'The Anthropology of Experience' for
some lectures.

Looking through the AAA programme, I see that various sessions seem to
have touched on performance, particularly

Session 0-019 'Making Claims and Negotiating Power through Performances'
chaired by Thomas Soloman
Session 0-041 'Dancing the Body Politic public performances of embodied
Identities', chaired by Zoila Mendoza-Walker
Session 2-107 'Anthropology of Performance, performative anthropology and
the politics of representation' chaired by Marta E. Savigliano
Session 3-010 'Performative constructions of collective Identities in
South America' chaired by Terence Level.

I would very much like to get in touch with anyone involved in
performance and if any of the session organizers or paper givers are on
the net, I'd appreciate hearing from them/you!!

Susanna Rostas
Cambridge University