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Deleuze and Performance

Edited by Laura Cull

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Was performance important to Deleuze? Is Deleuze important to performance; to its practical, as well as theoretical, research? What are the implications of Deleuze's philosophy of difference, process and becoming, for Performance Studies, a field in which many continue to privilege the notion of performance as representation, as anchored by its imitation of an identity: 'the world', 'the play', 'the self'?

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Introduction by Laura Cull
1. Performing in the Chaosmos: Farts, Follicles, Mathematics, and Delirium in Deleuze by Herbert Blau
2. I Artaud BwO: The Uses of Artaud's To have Done with the Judgment of God by Edward Scheer
3. Expression and Affect in Kleist, Beckett, and Deleuze by Anthony Uhlmann
4. A Theatre of Subtractive Extinction: Bene without Deleuze by Lorenzo Chiesa
5. Performing, Strolling, Thinking: From Minor Literature to Theatre of the Future by Daniel Watt and Off the beaten path or, notes towards a Heideggerian deterritorialization: a response to Daniel Watt by Julian Wolfreys
6. Becoming a Citizen of the World: Deleuze between Allan Kaprow and Adrian Piper by Stephen Zepke
7. sub specie durationis by Matthew Goulish and Laura Cull
8. Thinking through Theatre by Maaike Bleeker
9. Becoming-Dinosaur: Collective Process and Movement Aesthetics by Anna Hickey-Moody
10. …of butterflies, bodies and biograms… Affective spaces in performativities in the performance of Madama Butterfly by Barbara Kennedy
11. Like a Prosthesis: Critical Performance à Digital Deleuze by Timothy Murray
12. Performance as the Distribution of Life: From Aeschylus to Chekhov to VJing via Deleuze and Guattari by Andrew Murphie
13. The 'minor' arithmetic of rhythm: imagining digital technologies for dance by Stamatia Portanova
Notes on Contributors
Works Cited

About the Author

Laura Cull is a Lecturer in the Visual and Performing Arts Division at Northumbria University and Chair of the PSi Performance and Philosophy working group.


'This is a welcome addition to the fields of both performance studies and Deleuze studies, one that is sure to stimulate productive research and practice across many domains for years to come.'
- Ronald Bogue, Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Georgia
'The vitality of Gilles Deleuze's enduring influence is nowhere more apparent than within the folds of performance. Laura Cull's own precision of thought on these matters is given exquisite, seamless form in this indispensable collection by a first rate cast.'
- Alan Read, Professor of Theatre, King's College London

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