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Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on the Edge

Disability and Contemporary Performance: Bodies on the Edge
Author: Petra Kuppers
ISBN 13: 9780415302395
ISBN 10: 415302390
Edition: 1
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: 2003-12-18
Format: Paperback
Pages: 192
List Price: $54.95

Through an analysis of various disabled performance artists and companies, this book investigates core issues affecting both "everyday" and "art-framed" performances. Disability and Contemporary Performance addresses performances as social and cultural interventions, and as acts on the edges of representational categories and embodied presence. Disabled performers challenge established aesthetic norms everytime they enter the public domain. In their performance of their bodies, they upset ideas of "ideal bodies", normative beauty, as well as postmodern concepts of the cyborg, the malleable, extendable, non-physical body, and the body as spectacle. Disabled performers have over the last decades found their way into the mainstream art scene, using and subverting disciplinary categories, upsetting ideas surrounding art practice and therapy, professional and community work, mediality and presence.