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Contemporary Southeast Asian Performance

Transnational Perspectives

Editor(s): Matthew Isaac Cohen, Laura Noszlopy

Book Description

Mutual borrowing, fluid transactions and transformations of performances and performers have a long and enduring history in Southeast Asia, but this trend has been heightened and made more vivid in the contemporary period. The omnipresence of global communications has provoked and inspired yet more novel experiments and collaborations between cosmopolitan artists and globally-oriented performers. This volume offers vital insights into recent developments in Southeast Asian performance. It demonstrates the ways in which contemporary artists and performers are increasingly working betwixt the traditional boundaries of the nation and discourses of identity. The essays collected here are testament to ongoing conversations and relations among scholars, practitioners and scholar-practitioners in Southeast Asia and around the world.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-2575-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-2575-1
Date of Publication: 01/12/2010
Pages / Size: 210 / A5
Price: £39.99


Laura Noszlopy is Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London. She has worked in editorial roles at the Lontar Foundation, Equinox Publishing, and Latitudes magazine in Indonesia, as well as for Indonesia and the Malay World and Inside Indonesia. Her ethnographic and biographical writing has been published in international journals and books.

Matthew Isaac Cohen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre, Royal Holloway, University of London, and is a trained anthropologist and puppeteer. His publications include The Komedie Stamboel: Popular Theater in Colonial Indonesia, 1891–1903 (2006) and Performing Otherness: Java and Bali on International Stages, 1905–1952 (2010).